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Amid high demand, medical oxygen being wasted due to leakage in GMC Jammu

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Jammu:  Amid the high demand of medical oxygen in Jammu and Kashmir due to rising COVID cases, the concerned authorities have detected leakage in medical oxygen pipeline at Government Medical College, Jammu, which is causing wastage.

Apart from this, due to acute shortage of technical staff, patients are managing the pressure of oxygen at their own level. This is also increasing the consumption of oxygen and is also threatening the lives of patients.

The disclosure was made by a committee of experts headed by Anu Malhotra, director of the Department of Industry and Commerce, Jammu, audited the condition of the oxygen pipe. The committee was formed two days ago.

In addition to the GMC, Jammu, this committee audited oxygen supplies and pipes in the mother-child hospital Gandhinagar and the old hospital in Gandhinagar.

In its report sent to the Principal Secretary of the Department of Industry and Commerce, the team has made several shortcomings.

During the audit, the team found that oxygen was leaking at some places in the medical college. These complaints were also initiated, but no one paid attention to it.

Now the committee also clearly stated that in some places where pipes are visible, their valves are defective and due to this oxygen is leaking. Instructions were given to replace them within two days.

At the same time, the committee counted another important negligence. During its visit, the committee found that patients admitted to COVID ward are increasing or reducing the pressure of oxygen at their own level. Pressure is being increased even when there is no need to increase it. Some patients have kept masks open after increasing oxygen pressure. Oxygen is also being lost from this.

The committee in its report has emphasized on increasing the technical staff. He says that oxygen cylinders are being replaced more often in oxygen manifolds. If the technical staff is there then it will not be a problem. Not only this, there is no problem of leakage, so it is recommended to repair gas plant and pipeline from time to time in future. The committee has also said that the oxygen gas cylinders that are being filled at this time are not being weighed. This is not according to the rules.

The department needs to lift the cylinder intermittently and weigh it with the help of the Legal Metrology Department so that it can be ascertained whether the supply of oxygen is getting equal or not.

The committee also found that at present, one thousand oxygen cylinders are in the mother-child hospital, 240 old Gandhinagar hospital and three thousand oxygen cylinders in the medical college.

The committee has also emphasized on increasing their number. The paramedical staff has been instructed to inspect the valve of the oxygen supply pipe so that there is no leakage.

At the same time, the committee has said that the oxygen generation plant with a capacity of 2200 liters per minute is being built at Gandhinagar Hospital, so that it should be made as soon as possible so that there is no shortage of oxygen anywhere.

In this committee, apart from Anu Malhotra, Director of the Department of Industry and Commerce, Amit Varmani, Joint Director of the Department of Industries and Commerce, Dr. Sarabjit Singh, HOD, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Government College of Engineering and Technology, Jammu, Mechanical Engineering Department of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University Among them were Associate Professor Dr. 1 Ankush Anand, Rakesh Singhal, a faculty member of the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Jammu, Officer Saksham Gupta in the Directorate of Industries and Commerce, Jammu, Rohit Sangral, Officer in the District Industries Department, Himanshu Khajuria and Sachin Sharma from Kathua.



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