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AP: Oxygen production in closed plants is an innovative decision of the Govt

Cell set up for donors: Special focus on Oxygen Conservation: Purchase of 15,000 Oxygen Concentrators: Mr. Anil Kumar Singhal, Chief Secretary, State Medical Health Department

Anil Kumar Singhal, chief secretary, state medical health department, said the state government had decided to identify the shut down plants in the state and produce oxygen. He said donors from across the country and abroad were stepping up to help the people of the state in times of crisis and setting up a cell for them. He said the state government was paying special attention to curb oxygen wastage in hospitals in the state. He was speaking at a press conference held at the APIIC building in Mangalagiri on Wednesday.

In the past 24 hours, 90,750 corona tests were performed, 21,452 positive cases were reported and 89 deaths were reported. 633 hospitals had 6,629 ICU beds, overcrowded with 6,221 patients. Anantapur, Prakasam, Srikakulam and Visakhapatnam districts are all full. Kurnool said 264 beds were vacant. There were 23,184 oxygen beds across the state and 22,548 beds were over crowded.

Covid Care Centers have 49,344 beds and 15,610 are receiving medical services. While 21,000 Remediesivir injections are available in government hospitals across the state, 14,095 doses have been supplied to private hospitals. In the last 24 hours from the center, 590 tons of oxygen was consumed. We are supplying oxygen to hospitals in the state with 78 tankers.

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Oxygen production in closed plants

Oxygen cylinders from various industries in the state are 17 thousand, out of which 14,338 cylinders Noted. Steps are being taken to divert the cylinders to Corona Medical Services with the permission of the Central Government. Already 6,917 cylinders have been converted to medicine. The government is exploring all avenues to alleviate the oxygen shortage. The state government has identified the closed plants in the state and is in discussions with the respective plant owners for production on them.

We have identified 2 plants in Anantapur, Guntur, Kadapa and Visakhapatnam and are arranging to supply 37 tonnes of oxygen as per their capacity. He said more plants were being shut down across the state and steps were being taken by the Ministry of Industries to produce oxygen.

Nitrogen plants have been identified and steps are being taken to supply six tonnes of oxygen through them by the end of this month. Industry officials say they have also identified large plants such as AP Paper Mills. He said the oxygen produced at the plant would be more profitable if it became available.

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