551 oxygen plants to be set up across India through PM CARES fund
These dedicated plants will be established in identified government hospitals in district headquarters in various States and UTs.
In view of rising demand of oxygen by Covid-19 patients across the country, the PM CARES Fund has given in-principle approval for funds needed for the installation of 551 dedicated Pressure Swing Adsorption (PSA) Medical Oxygen Generation Plants inside public health facilities in the country.
“The PM has directed that these plants should be made functional as soon as possible. He said that these plants will serve as a major boost to oxygen availability at the district level,” the PMO said in a press release on Sunday.
According to the PMO, these dedicated plants will be established in identified Government hospitals in district headquarters in various States/UTs. The procurement will be done through the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, it said.
The basic aim behind establishing PSA Oxygen Generation Plants at government hospitals in the district headquarters is to further strengthen the public health system and ensure that each of these hospitals has a captive oxygen generation facility, the PMO release pointed out.
Such an in-house captive oxygen generation facility would address the day to day medical oxygen needs of these hospitals and the district, it said. In addition, the liquid medical oxygen (LMO) would serve as a “top up” to the captive oxygen generation, it added.
Such a system will go a long way in ensuring 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, the PMO release claimed.
The PM CARES Fund had earlier this year allocated Rs.201.58 crores for installation of additional 162 dedicated Pressure Swing Adsorption (PSA) Medical Oxygen Generation Plants inside public health facilities in the country, it stated.