DRDO installing 5 medical oxygen plants in hospitals in and around Delhi
These are part of 500 such plants being set up across India using the PM-CARES Fund
Five Medical Oxygen Plants will be installed in and around Delhi within the next few days to meet the requirements of Covid-19 patients admitted to hospital for treatment.
These are part of the 500 Medical Oxygen Plants which will come up across the country over the next three months using funds allocated by PM-CARES.
These Medical Oxygen Plants are designed for a flow rate of 1,000 litres per minute (LPM). The system can cater to 190 patients at a flow rate of 5 LPM and charge 195 cylinders per day.
The plants, being set up by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) through its industries, are based on the technology used for the On‐Board Oxygen Generation for Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas.
Accoeding to the Ministry of Defence, the medical oxygen plants will be installed at Delhi's AIIMS Trauma Centre, Dr Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital (RML), Safdarjung Hospital, and Lady Hardinge Medical College. One of the five plants will come up at AIIMS in Jhajjar, Haryana.
Two of these plants reached Delhi on May 4 and are being installed at AIIMS and RML Hospitals respectively. These have been supplied by M/s Trident Pneumatics Pvt. Ltd., Coimbatore, which is the technology partner of DRDO and has been given an order of 48 plants, the defence ministry said in a press release on Tuesday.
An order for 332 plants have been placed with M/s Tata Advanced Systems Limited and the delivery will start from mid–May. The delivery schedule is being monitored very closely to deliver before the plants time. Sites are being prepared at each hospital in parallel, the defence ministry said.
These plants will overcome the logistics issues of oxygen transportation and help the COVID-19 patients in emergency.
In addition to DRDO, the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has also ordered 120 MOP plants through its industries.