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Uttar Pradesh follows new strategy to battle oxygen scarcity, tracks tankers 24×7

By Saima Siddiqui 
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Uttar Pradesh follows new strategy to battle oxygen scarcity, tracks tankers 24×7

Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh government has become first in the country to set up ‘Oxygen Monitoring System’ in the state and is managing the high demand by keeping track of the real-time demand at hospitals.

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In just 28 hours, the state has tagged 38 oxygen tankers located in different parts of the country and another 25 will be tagged in the next 24 hours for tracking their real-time location for swift management.

The model, which came up in less than two days, was presented at a high level meeting on medical oxygen management headed by Union road transport secretary Giridhar Aramane on Saturday, which was attended by top officials from different state governments. States including Maharashtra, Punjab, Bihar and Tamil Nadu showed interest in the initiative.

Talking about the initiative additional chief secretary (home), Awanish Awasthi said, “This platform has been launched in collaboration with the food safety and drug administration, medical education department, medical health and family welfare department, transport and home departments and Rodic Consultants. Representatives of the company will be present in government and private hospitals to ensure smooth supply of oxygen in a timely manner.”

Giving details of the process, managing director of Rodic, Raj Kumar told media, “We identified that the major supply of medical oxygen to the state comes from the eastern sector (Odisha and Jharkhand) and from Modi Nagar, Bareli and Noida within the state. We rushed our teams from different locations with tracking devices so that they could attach them even when the tankers were running. There was no time to call them to different places and install the device,” he added.

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He added that UP government has put its machinery behind the system and each tanker is followed by a vehicle with extra drivers so that the vehicle carrying oxygen can run nonstop. The tankers are also escorted by local officers to ensure seamless movement.

“Now we will start digitizing the demand side by tagging hospitals so that there is a centralized monitoring of the oxygen availability at hospitals to meet the requirement,” Raj Kumar said adding that this model can be replicated in any other state.

Under the ‘Oxygen Monitoring System’, a web portal link has been created which can be used by officers and employees associated with the oxygen supply chain. Representatives of the company are required to upload the oxygen requirement details of the hospital on the portal. Once the request is uploaded the nearest vehicles engaged in the oxygen supply will be sent to the hospital.

This digitalized system aims to solve the issue oxygen scarcity and save the time taken to reach the scheduled vehicle. As of now, there are about 1,175 oxygen tankers in the country and their numbers are being increased quickly.

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