Gujarat: As the third wave COVID-19 wave grips the country, the Union Health Ministry is ramping up its preparations to overcome the shortcomings faced during the second wave, inaugurated two Pressure Swing Adsorption (PSA) oxygen generation plants, 1000 LPM capacity each at Sir Takhtasinhji hospital, Bhavnagar, Gujarat.
Inaugurating the facility virtually, Mansukh Mandaviya, Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare and Minister of Chemical and Fertilizers, said, “The Cabinet has recently approved Rs. 23,000 crore package for COVID-19 emergency response. The Union Ministry has made adequate provisions for paediatric care in all hospitals to provide the most effective healthcare for children. We are also developing a system of buffer stock at State and Centre level that can be used in case of any health crisis. A comprehensive plan and capacity building in next six months is being taken up through this COVID package,” Mandaviya said.
The PSA oxygen generation unit generates pure oxygen of minimum 93 percent purity. This system will eliminate the hardship of frequent refilling the cylinders for treatment of patients and will ensure smooth and continuous oxygen supply to the hospital.
The Union Health Minister stated that due to cooperation among different stakeholders from both public and private sector oxygen capacity ramped up from 4000 MT (metric tonne) to more than 12,000 MT in a short span of time. also pointed out that the plant will ensure no shortage of oxygen supply for the next 20 years in the hospital.
News source- Economic Times