GUWAHATI: Assam government has been planning to set up at least 15 mini oxygen generating plants in the state to meet any emergency situation owing to the Covid19 outbreak.
The announcement came at a time when the supply of oxygen has been found to be insufficient in hospitals across several states in the country. Covid patients have been reportedly died in hospitals due to the shortage of oxygen supply.
On Saturday, the state health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma discussed the matter with the officials of the public works department (PWD), hospital authorities and health officials of the state.
“We have readied eight mini oxygen plants for now. We have also discussed setting up some 10-15 additional mini oxygen plants in the state shortly. The state government will come up with a plan shortly,” Sarma told the media.
He also informed that the state has sufficient stock of Covid19 vaccines and Remdesivir injections for at least one week from now. “So far we have some 4.6 lakh covishield vaccines in stock and another 3 lakh will be received within April 27. Since we are vaccinating around 60 to 70 thousand people averagely on a daily basis in the state, it will be sufficient for one more week. Assam will also receive some 2000 Remdesivir injections by today evening and the total stock of Remdesivir injections will be around 13000,” he added.
Meanwhile, Assam Jatiya Parishad leader Adip Phukan asked the state government to request the Centre to allow at least two oxygen generating plants out of the proposed 23 plants that the Centre planning to bring from Germany.
The defence ministry has decided to airlift 23 mobile oxygen generation plants from Germany as several states reeled under an acute shortage of medical oxygen due to a massive surge in coronavirus cases. Each plant will have a capacity to produce 40 litres of oxygen per minute and 2,400 litres per hour.