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Inter-ministerial Empowered Group facilitating supply of medical tools, oxygen to states: Health ministry | India News – Times of India


NEW DELHI: In the current context of growing Covid instances, the inter-ministerial Empowered Group (EG2) has been assembly and facilitating the supply of important medical tools, notably associated to medical oxygen supply to the States, mentioned the Union health ministry.
The Empowered Group has been assembly and interacting ceaselessly with the states, oxygen producers and different stakeholders to facilitate medical oxygen supply to states are per necessity, it added.
Medical oxygen is a crucial part within the therapy of Covid-19 affected patients.
According to the well being ministry, there’s a adequate manufacturing capability of round 7127 MTs for oxygen within the nation, and as per want, the excess oxygen obtainable with the metal crops can be being utilized.
“The country has a daily production capacity of 7127 MT of oxygen per day. Against this, the total production has been 100 per cent since past two days, as directed by EG2, since supply to medical oxygen has gone up rapidly,” it mentioned.
The ministry mentioned that on April 12, 2021, the medical oxygen consumption within the nation was 3842 MTs that’s 54 p.c of the each day manufacturing capability.
The most consumption of medical oxygen within the nation is by states of Maharashtra, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Delhi, adopted by Chhattisgarh, Punjab, and Rajasthan.
“The current oxygen stocks of the country, including the industrial oxygen stocks with the manufacturing plants, is more than 50,000 MTs,” it mentioned.
The ministry has additionally requested states to make rational use of medical oxygen and guarantee there isn’t a wastage of oxygen. “Besides states must set up Control Rooms to ensure smooth supply of oxygen to the districts as per need, review requirement of cylinders, tankers, etc.,” it added.
The Empowered Group has additionally initiated a number of measures to make sure the supply of medical oxygen to numerous affected states together with a rise in oxygen manufacturing, utilise the excess shares obtainable with Steel Plants, map the necessities of high states with oxygen sources, and many others.
“A sub-group has been formed under Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) with Ministry of Railways and transport departments of States to facilitate the movement of transport tankers for Liquid Medical Oxygen (LMO). Moving of oxygen tankers by rail is also being actively worked out,” the ministry additional mentioned.
An inter-ministerial Empowered Group (EG2) of officers beneath the chairmanship of Dr Guruprasad Mohapatra, Secretary, Department for Promotion of Industries and Internal Trade (DPIIT) consisting of senior officers from numerous ministries and departments together with the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MOHFW), Ministry of Textiles, Ministry of AYUSH, Ministry of MSME, and many others was constituted through the Covid pandemic in March – 2020 to guarantee the provision of important medical tools together with medical oxygen to the affected states.
For the previous 12 months, the EG2 has been repeatedly monitoring and facilitating the sleek supply of important medical tools together with medical oxygen to the affected states and addressing challenges that come up from time to time.
The Empowered Group is monitoring the scenario of demand and supply of medical oxygen repeatedly to be certain that all needed steps are taken to assist the uninterrupted supply of medical oxygen.

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