Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday chaired a high-level meeting to review the Covid situation in the country and the progress of oxygen augmentation and availability of medical oxygen ahead of the potential third wave of Covid-19. Officials informed him that 1,500 PSA Oxygen plants are set up across the country that would support 4 lakh oxygenated beds. PM Modi instructed officials to ensure that these plants are made functional at the earliest.
These facilities are coming up across all states and districts with contributions from PM CARES and other sources like ministries and public sector units.
Prime Minister asked the officials to ensure adequate training of hospital staff on operation and maintenance of oxygen plants. He also directed officials to deploy advanced technology like the Internet of Things (IoT) to track the performance and functioning of oxygen plants and to ensure that each district has trained personnel available.
However, officials informed him that there is a training module prepared by experts, and they are targeting to train around 8,000 people across the country.
Principal secretary to PM, cabinet secretary, health secretary, MoHUA (Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs) secretary were among other officials present at the meeting.
The meeting was held a day after the Union Cabinet approved the Rs 23,123 crores India COVID-19 Emergency Response and Health Systems Preparedness Package: Phase II. It has a provision to install 1,050 liquid medical oxygen storage tanks with a medical gas pipeline system. It aims at supporting at least one such unit per district.
Lack of medical oxygen and shortage of hospital beds were the major resources that had a devastating effect on the country’s medical infrastructure when the deadly second wave of Covid-19 swept through India early this year.
In other India news, After more than 3 crore Covid-19 cases and above four lakh deaths, experts warned that the third wave could hit India in six to eight weeks if Covid-appropriate behavior is not followed.