Leaving no stone unturned ahead of the possibility of the third wave of COVID-19, Prime Minister Narendra Modi chaired a high-level meeting on Friday to review the augmentation and availability of medical oxygen across the country.
In view of the shortage of oxygen supply during the second wave of coronavirus, the Centre has been taking several measures to boost the production and supply of Oxygen. Both the Centre and state government have been working in coordination over the issue of Oxygen availability in hospitals.
The Indian Railways have been at the forefront in ensuring timely delivery of Liquid Medical Oxygen (LMO) to different parts of the country. Oxygen Expresses crossed the milestone of 35000 MT of LMO delivery in service to the Nation, the Railways had informed on June 30.
Oxygen relief by Oxygen Expresses has reached out to 15 states namely Uttarakhand, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Haryana, Telangana, Punjab, Kerala, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand and Assam.
Indian Railways picks up oxygen from places like Hapa, Baroda, Mundra in the West and Rourkela, Durgapur, Tatanagar, Angul in the East and supplies it in around 39 cities/towns across the country.
Notably, the meeting is being conducted a day after the Union Cabinet approved a new scheme ‘India COVID-19 Emergency Response & Health System Preparedness Package: Phase-II’ amounting to Rs 23,123 crore for financial year 2021-22.
“In March 2020, when the country was faced with the first wave of the COVID 19 pandemic, the PM announced a Central Sector Scheme of Rs 15,000 crore for the “India COVID 19 Emergency Response and Health Systems Preparedness Package”, providing a critical impetus to the efforts of MoHFW and States/UTs, and catalysing health systems activities for pandemic management,” a statement issued by the health ministry said.