Most of the major government Covid care hospitals in J&K already have their own oxygen plants

Ten oxygen generation plants will come up soon in Jammu and Kashmir to help Covid-19 patients.

These will be in addition to the plants that are already functional in major government hospitals across the Union Territory. Jammu & Kashmir has seen a threefold increase in medical oxygen capacity over the last six months.

During a meeting of the Covid Task Force on Sunday, J&K Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha asked the functionaries concerned to prioritise the completion of all civil and other auxiliary works. This would ensure the early functioning of these 10 oxygen plants.

The meeting chaired by the LG had a detailed assessment of the district-wise scenario and containment measures to control the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic.

"The present #COVID19 situation in the UT is under control. The capacity of medical oxygen in J&K has increased three times in the last six months with most of the big Covid care Govt hospitals having their own oxygen generation plants," LG Sinha reiterated in a tweet after a phone conversation with leaders of political parties on Monday.

He added that the UT administration was "working round-the-clock & doing our best to ensure availability of all necessary medicare facilities, besides taking comprehensive measures to strengthen rapid response mechanism to deal with the emerging situation".

Meanwhile, in a move to boost J&K's ability to fight the pandemic, the UT administration is also encouraging final year MBBS students to work at Civis hospitals.

J&K National Health Mission Director Chaudhary Mohd Yasin has said that a monthly stipend shall be paid to final year MBBS students who would render services in various Covid hospitals across state.