Odisha dispatches over 500 MT oxygen to needy states: Police

Official sources said that as against the daily requirement of 23.78 tonne of medical oxygen for patients in Odisha, the daily production of cylinder oxygen in the state is 129.68 tonne

In the time of crisis due to surging of corona and shortage of oxygen, Odisha has despatched at least 29 tankers carrying about 510 MT of medical oxygen under police supervision to Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Delhi, Haryana, Maharashtra, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh and other needy states in the last 48 hours.

Apart from that 15 more tankers are also left from Dhenkanal, Rourkela and Angulto these states. The state police has formed a dedicated corridor for speedy movement so as to serve thousands of needy patients in various states without delay. District SPs/DCPs and Range DIG/IG/CP are supervising the movement personally within their jurisdictions.

Meanwhile, Odisha’s Health and Family Welfare department has set up modalities to meet the demands of oxygen cylinders in the Dedicated COVID Hospital, Covid Care Centres and others where the corona patients are admitted in the state.

Official sources said that as against the daily requirement of 23.78 tonne of medical oxygen for patients in Odisha, the daily production of cylinder oxygen in the state is 129.68 tonne. Besides, the daily production of liquid medical oxygen (LMO) is 60 tonne.

Also, a LMO plant will be commissioned in the MKCG Medical College and Hospital in Berhampur by May 10. There are also LMO plants in 15 COVID hospitals including the Veer Surendra Sai Institute of Medical Sciences and Research (VIMSAR) at Burla.

The state is supplying oxygen to other needy states after fulfilling its own requirement. There is no question of giving oxygen to others by ignoring the state’s requirement.

Meanwhile, BJP state general secretary Prithiviraj Harichandan alleged that oxygen stock has been exhausted at the MKCG Medical College and Hospital, Berhampur and patients died due to the oxygen shortage on Friday night. However, the Ganjam district administration has rejected the allegation. He said the allegation of oxygen shortage at the hospital is not true. “There are some rumours about oxygen supply in Covid hospital in MKCG. We have sufficient oxygen supply and the supply chain is monitored in real time,” Kulange said in a twitter post.

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