CM discusses the construction of a 300-ton oxygen plant on a war basis

Prime Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy has urged officials to devise a long-term plan to increase medical oxygen production, with an immediate focus on setting up a 300-tonne (MT) or more facility in Kadapa or Krishnapatnam useful for the steel mills that are being built there should be.

Daily use of medical oxygen in the state due to the second wave of COVID-19 exceeded 600 tons, making it necessary to prepare for future contingencies, he noted.

At a review meeting on COVID-19 Thursday, Jagan Mohan Reddy said efforts should be stepped up to keep enough oxygen available in hospitals and prevent fluctuations in pipeline supplies so that patients’ lives are not endangered.

Tankers increased

Officials told the prime minister that the allotment of oxygen on April 20 was 360 tons and now 590 tons, while consumption rose to more than 600 tons. Eight cryogenic storage tanks were provided for districts and the number of vehicles carrying liquid medical oxygen increased from 56 to 78.

Around 210 tons of oxygen are brought from Odisha in 36 vehicles every day. Two ISO tank containers have been procured and 25 more are due to arrive by mid-June. Marine teams inspected oxygen pipelines in hospitals.

Officials also told Jagan Mohan Reddy that there are 47,693 beds in 669 COVID hospitals, of which 39,749 are occupied, while 26,030 people are being treated under the Aarogyasri program.

To date, 75,49,960 COVID vaccine doses have been received by the center, of which 62,60,400 were Covishield and 12,89,560 were Covaxin.

Global tenders for the supply of vaccines have been launched to meet growing demands.

Deputy Prime Minister Alla Krishna Srinivas, General Secretary Aditya Nath Das, DGP Gautam Sawang, Chairperson of COVID Command Control KS Jawahar Reddy, Chief Secretary (Health) Anil Kumar Singhal, Chairperson of COVID Task Force MT Krishna Babu and others present.

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