Centre today reviewed commissioning, installation, and functional status of oxygen supply equipment supplied by it to the states and UTs. Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan said that medical oxygen is an essential public health commodity and its uninterrupted supply in sufficient quantity is of critical importance to tackle the pandemic.
The Health Secretary held a meeting with States and UTs to review the status and their preparedness regarding Medical Oxygen devices and systems through video conference.
He said, the Centre has assisted them through availability of equipment, technical and financial support for PSA plants, oxygen concentrators, ventilators, oxygen cylinders, Liquid Medical Oxygen plants, and Medical Gas Pipeline systems.
He urged the States to review and monitor the status of these on a daily basis to ensure that the gap between the equipment and systems delivered to the Districts and installed at the healthcare facilities is reduced to zero.
While equipment and systems have been sanctioned and delivered, in many states these have not been sent to the district healthcare facilities and when delivered, some have still not been made functional.
The States were strongly urged to schedule and conduct mock drills of all installed and commissioned PSA Plants to ensure that they are in fully operational status, so that the oxygen with the required quantity, pressure, and purity reaches the intended patients at their bedside.