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Punjab CM Amarinder Singh writes to Centre, demands increase in medical oxygen quota

The situation has become very grim over the past a few days as the supply of liquid medical oxygen has not been able to meet the increased demand, Amarinder Singh Sunday wrote.

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Chandigarh: Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Sunday wrote to Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan, urging for an increase in the state’s medical oxygen quota.

This is the second time in as many days when the chief minister has written to the Centre, highlighting depleting supplies.

Currently, the daily consumption of medical oxygen in the state is around 200 metric tonnes (MT), which is expected to rise to around 250-300 MT in the next two weeks.

The CM directed Chief Secretary Vini Mahajan to pursue the matter with the Union government, with the caseload increasing due to an influx of patients from Delhi and other neighbouring states, pushing up the demand for medical oxygen, a statement said.

He also directed to rush urgent supplies to Amritsar, where six people died due to a shortage of oxygen at a private hospital on Saturday.

He also asked the Principal Secretary (Industries) to report him after every four hours about the hospital-wise demand for oxygen.

Today’s letter to the Union health minister followed the Centre’s failure to increase the allocation to Punjab as per the new allocation of liquid medical oxygen issued on Saturday, despite a plea for enhancement to at least 250 MT (metric tonnes) of liquid medical oxygen (LMO) per day, the statement said.

The CM on Sunday wrote, The situation has become very grim over the past a few days as our supply of LMO has not been able to meet the increased demand.

Amarinder Singh said despite his request for the allocation of at least 250 MT of oxygen per day to Punjab from outside the state, the demand was not met.

He said Punjab does not have any major liquid medical oxygen production capacity and is largely dependent on the supply from other states, thus necessitating the minister’s urgent intervention.

Currently, the daily allocation of medical oxygen to Punjab from the Central pool is 105 MT, excluding the production of the local units which generate around 60 MT of liquid oxygen.

There are a few pressure swing adsorption (PSA) plants in government and private hospitals which cater to part of their demands and add to the pool of oxygen available for the state.

The state has a capacity to store around 370 MT of liquid oxygen.


Also read: Centre’s 18+ vaccine policy unfair to states: Punjab’s Amarinder Singh demands funding


 

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1 COMMENT

  1. This is as if these people think too highly of Modi. They think only Modi can do what needs to be done and even CMs of states have no power or responsibilities till he is the PM of the Country. Just like nothing would stick to Manmohan Singh while his government was drowning in scams after scams, everything sticks to Modi, as if he is a superhuman in the hater’s eyes.

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