Hindustan Times (East UP)

Every hospital should have 36-hour oxygen back-up: CM


LUCKNOW : Laying stress on central oxygen supply, chief minister Yogi Adityanath on Tuesday said every hospital should have oxygen back-up for 36 hours. He also said separate monitoring should be done for L-1, L-2 and L-3 hospitals and oxygen be made available there.

Virtually participat­ing in a meeting with Team 11 on Covid19 management, he said all the oxygen being produced by the industry should be used for medical purposes only. These oxygen plants should be linked to the nearest hospital and an elaborate work plan should be worked out on Tuesday itself, he said. He said the units willing to reinvest in oxygen refilling should be encouraged. Orders should be issued immediatel­y for the automatic renewal of licenses of oxygen producing units, he said.

He also said police protection should be provided at all the oxygen plants and the vehicles carrying oxygen should be GPS fitted for monitoring. He said work had begun to set up five new oxygen producing plants and they should be made functional at the earliest. He said setting up of oxygen plant should be made mandatory for all the hospitals with 100 or more beds in future. Air separation units should be encouraged and their capacity should be increased in the state. He said the demand for oxygen should be sent to the Centre after evaluating the needs for future keeping in view the large population of the state. Efforts should be made for supply of oxygen to the state from the nearby cities like Modi Nagar, Panipat and

Roorkee. He also said the minister for medical education should ensure a balance between demand and supply of oxygen. He also said there was a need for regular communicat­ion with those in home isolation. There should be medicines for seven days in the kit for them.

He also said there was no shortage of Remdesivir injection or other lifesaving drugs. Their availabili­ty was being ensured in all the districts. He said regular contact should be maintained with leading manufactur­ers like Jubilant Pharma, Cadila, Mylan and Cipla. He said Jubilant Pharma would provide supply of demanded quantity Remdesivir on Tuesday. Cadila would supply 20,000 vials of Remdesivir on Thursday, he added.

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