Absolutely ‘no shortage’ of medical oxygen at nationwide degree: Health secretary

New Delhi, September 15

There is completely “no shortage” of medical oxygen, important within the remedy of coronavirus, on the nationwide degree, the Union Health Ministry mentioned on Tuesday, whereas urging states to make sure a correct stock administration at hospital-level and advance planning for well timed replenishment in order that there isn’t any stockout.

Asked if there was an acute scarcity of oxygen in several states and there had been deaths because of it, Health Ministry Secretary Rajesh Bhushan mentioned the nation’s present each day capability of oxygen manufacturing as on date is barely greater than 6,900 metric tonne.

Referring to morning figures, Bhushan at a press briefing mentioned that 3.69 per cent of the COVID-19 sufferers had been on oxygen help, 2.17 per cent had been in ICU beds that are with oxygen and 0.36 per cent of the sufferers had been on ventilator help which is once more with oxygen. This, he mentioned, quantities roughly to round 6 per cent folks in whole.

“So what was the oxygen which was being consumed by these folks plus that’s consumed by non-COVID well being companies, if that’s once more taken (as per morning determine) that’s 2,800 metric tonnes each day.                

“So if we look at the industries production and their requirement for oxygen it is 2,200 metric tonne which gives a total of 5,000 metric tonne consumption per day and a headroom of 1,900 metric tonne. So speaking at the national level there is absolutely no shortage of oxygen, in fact there is a surplus today morning of 1,900 metric tonnes,” he mentioned.

The drawback, the official mentioned, occurs when there isn’t any stock administration at facility-level.

Bhushan burdened that each state ought to guarantee that there’s oxygen stock administration at hospital-level and doable stockout alerts are generated in order that it may be replenished on time.

“If a shortage is likely then immediate action should be taken to replenish it on time and help should be sought from the Centre,” Bhushan mentioned.

He additional mentioned that conferences have been held with states and so they have additionally been requested to arrange a management room for monitoring the state of affairs of oxygen inventory, and a digital management room has additionally been set on the central degree.

“States should monitor the oxygen availability and use it rationally,” he mentioned.

The Union Health Ministry on Monday held a digital assembly with 29 states and UTs, together with Assam, Bihar, Chandigarh, Chhattisgarh, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Jharkhand, Kerala, Ladakh, Meghalaya,  Nagaland, Delhi, Odisha, Punjab, Puducherry, Tamil Nadu, Tripura, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal, and urged them to make sure ample oxygen availability in all healthcare services and unrestricted intra in addition to inter-state motion of oxygen.

Union Health Secretary, Secretary DPIIT Secretary Pharmaceuticals and Secretary Textiles additionally participated within the assembly.

It was famous that 11 tankers within the state of Assam provide oxygen to a lot of the northeastern states.

The states had been requested to evaluate the necessity after which to press extra tankers into motion, repurpose related autos for carrying oxygen, and take steps to scale back their turnaround time in order that sufferers don’t face any lack of oxygen, the ministry had mentioned in an announcement on Monday.

The states had been particularly suggested to make sure facility sensible/hospital-wise oxygen stock administration and advance planning for well timed replenishment in order that there isn’t any stockout. PTI

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