PM-Cares Fund allocates over Rs 201 crores for medical oxygen generation plants

It stressed that adequate and uninterrupted supply of oxygen is an essential pre-requisite for managing moderate and severe cases of COVID -19

The PM Cares Fund is now allocating Rs 201.58 crores for the installation of additional 162 dedicated pressure swing adsorption (PSA) medical oxygen generation plants in public health facilities across the country. It stressed that adequate and uninterrupted supply of oxygen is an essential pre-requisite for managing moderate and severe cases of COVID -19, in addition to various other medical conditions where this need arises. The PMO said this mechanism will further strengthen the public health system and enable long-term systematic augmentation of medical oxygen availability in a cost-effective manner. The central medical supply store, an autonomous body of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, will undertake the procurement. The plants have a warranty for the first three years, and for the next seven years, the project includes a comprehensive annual maintenance contract.

The total project cost includes Rs 137.33 crore towards supply and commissioning of the plants and management fee of central medical supply store (CMSS) and around Rs 64.25 crore towards comprehensive annual maintenance contract.The PMO said a total of 162 plants with a total capacity of 154.19 MT will be installed in 32 states and union territories, adding that the government hospitals for these plants' installation have been identified in consultation with the administration concerned.

This will not only increase the total oxygen availability pool of the states and UTs but also facilitate providing of oxygen support in a timely manner to patients in these public health facilities, Installation of PSA oxygen concentrator plants in public health facilities is an important step to reduce the health facility's dependence on the system of store and supply and to enable these facilities to have their own oxygen generation capacity.

Prime Ministers’ Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situations Fund (PM-CARES) is where people can contribute to help in the government's fight against the coronavirus and other similar "distressing situations".

 

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