COVID-19: Centre asks states to make sure free motion of autos carrying medical oxygen

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 18

The Centre has requested the state authorities to make sure that there isn’t any restriction on the manufacture, transportation and provide of medical oxygen in any a part of the nation, as it’s a necessary merchandise within the administration of accelerating numbers of lively COVID-19 sufferers.

Shooting off a letter to all of the chief secretaries of the states and Union Territories (UTs), Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla stated, “As you are aware, availability of adequate and uninterrupted supply of medical oxygen is an important pre-requisite for management of moderate and severe cases of COVID-19. With increasing number of active cases of COVlD-19, the consumption of oxygen is also expected to increase.”

In the letter the Home Secretary stated, it has come to the discover that some states are attempting to curb the inter-state motion of oxygen provides from manufacturing models located of their respective states by exercising energy beneath numerous legal guidelines together with Epidemic Disease Act 1897, the Disaster Management Act, 2005 and the Essential Commodities Act. He additional emphasised that medical oxygen is a necessary public well being commodity and any obstacle in its provides within the nation could critically influence the COVID-19 administration in different components of the nation.

Therefore, Bhalla within the letter suggested that “no such restriction is imposed” on the motion of medical oxygen between states. He additionally famous that transport authorities “shall be instructed to accordingly allow free inter-state and intra-state movement of oxygen carrying vehicles”.

“It is also requested that all states and UTs may constitute multi-disciplinary teams, comprising representatives of the health, industry, transport and other related departments, to continuously monitor the availability of medical oxygen in their respective jurisdictions,” he suggested within the letter, whereas suggesting that any shortfall or associated issues ought to be instantly delivered to the discover of the Central Control Room that has been established within the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW).


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