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Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan Inaugurates Jumbo Covid Care Facility in Bhilai, Chhattisgarh

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Dharmendra Pradhan, Union Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas & Steel dedicated to the nation a 114 bedded Covid Care Facility in Bhilai Steel Plant (BSP) of SAIL in Chhattisgarh today.

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This hospital is equipped with gaseous oxygen and has been set up after laying a pipeline of 1.5 km for supply of gaseous oxygen from the plant. This is the first phase of this project which aims to scale up to reach a total of 500 oxygenated beds in the subsequent two more phases. The centre has a facility of double oxygen backup supply. Apart from gaseous oxygen as the main source, there is also provision of back-up of stored Liquid Medical Oxygen. The facility is also equipped with necessary Internet and telecom services to facilitate IT requirements and remote consultancy.

Speaking on the occasion, Minister Pradhan said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given the mantra of ‘Jahan Bimaar, Wahi Upchaar’ and setting up hospitals near the source of gaseous oxygen and today’s inauguration is another step towards that vision.

Lauding the role of BSP during Covid times, Pradhan said that its hospital has played an important role in treating patients during the second wave of the Covid-19 and also played an important role in supplying liquid medical oxygen in the country and meeting the surge in demand of LMO.

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The second wave of Covid-19 led to sudden and sharp surge in Oxygen demand. The demand of the Liquid Medical Oxygen was about 1300 MT per day in early April which went upto 10 thousand MT by mid-May. The load was managed by taking several steps, and the Steel sector played the prime role in this. The steel plants rose to the occasion and met the nation’s requirement even at the cost of reducing their production. 2.8 lakh MT of LMO was supplied out of which almost 2 lakh has been provided by Steel and Petroleum sectors.

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