NEW DELHI: The Centre on Sunday cleared the allocation of funds for installation of 551 dedicated Pressure Swing Adsorption (PSA) medical Oxygen generation plants to be set up inside public health facilities across the country. The funds will come through PM Cares.
This comes after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s direction to boost the availability of oxygen to hospitals amid a surge in Covid cases in the country as India battles an oxygen crisis.
551 oxygen plants will be set up as a part of this move in government hospitals, an official statement read. “Oxygen plants in every district to ensure adequate oxygen availability… An important decision that will boost oxygen availability to hospitals and help people across the nation. (sic),” PM Modi said in a tweet.
Oxygen plants in every district to ensure adequate oxygen availability…
An important decision that will boost oxygen availability to hospitals and help people across the nation.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) April 25, 2021
More than 700 medical oxygen generation plants have been approved by the Prime Minister’s office so far this year.
The Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) in a statement said that PM Cares Fund has given in-principle approval for allocation of funds for installation of these oxygen plants.
As per the direction of PM Modi these plants should be made functional as soon as possible. They will serve as a major boost to oxygen availability at the district level, the PMO statement added.
“These dedicated plants will be established in identified Government hospitals in district headquarters in various sates and Union territories. The procurement will be done through the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare,” PMO added.
The PM Cares Fund had earlier this year allocated R .201.58 crores for the installation of additional 162 dedicated Pressure Swing Adsorption (PSA) Medical Oxygen Generation Plants inside public health facilities in the country.
The aims to further strengthen the public health system and ensure that each of these hospitals has a captive oxygen generation facility.
“Such an in-house captive oxygen generation facility would address the day to day medical oxygen needs of these hospitals and the district. In addition, the liquid medical oxygen (LMO) would serve as a “top up” to the captive oxygen generation,” the PMO said.
Such a system will ensure that government hospitals in the districts do not face sudden disruption of oxygen supplies and have access to adequate uninterrupted oxygen supply to manage the Covid-19 patients and other patients needing such support.