Amidst the time of corona spiking in the country. Karnataka has asked the Centre to supply 1,500 metric tonnes of oxygen and one lakh vials of Remdesivir in view of the growing COVID cases in the state.
In a statement, state Health Minister Dr K Sudhakar stated “We have estimated that in the next one month, we may require 1,500 metric tonnes of oxygen. In this regard, Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa has written to Union Minister for Railways, Commerce and Industries Piyush Goyal.” He said he too has written to the Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare Dr Harsh Vardhan for supply of oxygen.
Sudhakar said the state government had a meeting with the major oxygen generators in the state among them JSW Steel is the largest one.
After the meeting JSW steel supplied 40 metric tonnes in the last two days required for Bengaluru.
Besides this, the State has also demanded additional supply of Remdesivir injections, which is crucial for COVID treatment. The state has ordered 70,000 vials of Remdesivir injection, of which 20,000 had arrived while the remaining would be supplied in the coming days.
The minister's statement came as the demand for oxygen and Remdesivir injection grew in view of the alarming rise of COVID cases, leading to their black-marketing as well.The shortage persisted in the state. There is also no crackdown on the black-marketing of oxygen cylinders in the state.
The state reported 23,558 fresh COVID cases and 116 deaths while the active cases in the state has gone up to 1.76 lakh. Presently, the active cases comprised 904 patients in the ICU.
Bengaluru Urban district alone contributed more than 70 per cent of the cases and fatalities which is the epicentre of COVID in Karnataka.