The Ministry of Home Affairs said that due to the unprecedented increase in the cases of Kovid-19, there was some tightness in terms of available resources, which would have to be dealt with professionally and put to proper use.
The Center told the Supreme Court on Tuesday that medical oxygen is not unlimited in any country and Kovid-19 patients are being provided relief on a war footing by constant monitoring by the Prime Minister. The government said that the available oxygen in the country is being provided in a balanced manner to all the states, especially the states struggling with more cases of Kovid-19.
The Ministry of Home Affairs said that due to the unprecedented increase in the cases of Kovid-19, there was some tightness in terms of available resources, which would have to be dealt with professionally and put to proper use. The Center said that the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare is in the process of setting up 162 PSA (technology locally adopted for oxygen production) plant on a war footing to deal with the lack of medical oxygen. The Center has filed a 200-page affidavit in the case of automatic cognizance of the delivery of essential goods and services during the epidemic. The bench of Judge DY Chandrachud, Judge L Nageswara Rao and Judge S Ravindra Bhat kept the affidavit on record and the next hearing in the case will be held on Friday.
Medical Oxygen is not unlimited in any country – Government
The government has said that it is necessary to mention that medical oxygen is not unlimited in any country. The government has started all efforts to mobilize oxygen resources and steps are being taken to get more oxygen from all available sources. At any given time, the available oxygen has to be distributed in a balanced manner in all the states of the country, especially in the state of patients receiving more treatment of Kovid-19.
The affidavit states that it would be appropriate to mention that there is more demand than production capacity in Maharashtra. On the other hand, states like Madhya Pradesh do not have the production capacity to meet the demand for medical oxygen. Apart from this, the demand for oxygen is also increasing in the producing states. Regarding the start of PSA plants, the Center has said that these plants will be set up in hospitals.
The center said that 38 such plants have been set up and by April 30, 2021, 21 more plants will be set up. After this, 105 plants will be set up by 31 May. At the same time, by June 30, the number of such plants will be 156. In addition, 500 more PSA plants are to be set up in hospitals in district headquarters to increase the availability of oxygen in small cities and towns.
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