January 22, 2021

No scarcity of oxygen for medical use; states requested to enhance stock administration



There isn’t any scarcity of oxygen for medical use however the states have to enhance stock administration, the well being ministry stated on Tuesday as hospitals in lots of states reported scarcity of oxygen cylinders. The well being ministry stated it had arrange a digital management room for higher administration of oxygen provide and coordinate with the state governments. Explaining in element oxygen manufacturing capability, secretary (well being) Rajesh Bhushan stated, “Oxygen use is of two sorts – one is for industrial use and the second is for medical use.

The manufacturing capability of oxygen in India is 6900 metric tonnes. As of right this moment morning, oxygen requirement for Covid and non-Covid important well being companies is 2800 metric tonnes. For those who have a look at trade’s requirement it’s 2200 MT. This offers you a complete of 5,000 MT requirement and a head room of 1900 MT.” Bhushan stated the issue being reported was because of poor stock administration on the hospital stage. “So talking on the nationwide stage there is no such thing as a scarcity of oxygen, in actual fact there’s a surplus of 1900 MT. Then what’s the drawback? The issue occurs when on the hospital facility stage you don’t have stock administration. At current there’s a want for each state to watch which hospital has how a lot inventory of oxygen and if stocks may run out within the subsequent 2-Three days.”

The Centre has completed in depth conferences with the states and directed state governments to create management rooms to watch stocks. “Now we have reviewed the association of various states. Now we have created a digital management room which incorporates joint secretary from well being ministry, PESO and DCGI. At current, we don’t assume there’s any scarcity. However states want to emphasize on the necessity for rational use of oxygen.”