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Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya Inaugurates 2 PSA Oxygen Plants in Gujarat

Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya

Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare, and Minister of Chemical and Fertilizers, Mansukh Mandaviya today virtually inaugurated two PSA plants at Sir Takhtasinhji hospital, Bhavnagar.

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Along with two oxygen generation plants of 1000 LPM capacity each, Mandaviya inaugurated copper piping network and associated facilities like fire fighting system and automatic oxygen source changeover system.

“This facility is dedicated to the people of Bhavnagar. Similar facilities inaugurated recently would help the country in times of crisis.” Reiterating Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision for the country, Mandaviya said that the country is working in the spirit of Lok-Bhagidari through a ‘whole of society’ approach to keeping the country safe from the Covid.

The Union Health Minister also noted the cooperation people showed during lockdowns in maintaining the Covid Appropriate Behaviour and social distancing norms to beat the first Covid-19 wave. “It is evidence of sheer cooperation among different stakeholders from both public and private sector that we ramped up our oxygen capacity that was a mere 4000 MT (metric tonne) to more than 12,000 MT in a short span of time.”

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The Deendayal Port Trust through its Corporate Social Responsibility has installed the two medical oxygen PSA units at Sir Takhtsinhji Hospital, Bhavnagar, run by the Government of Gujarat, at the total cost of Rs 2.53 crores. The installed PSA oxygen generator unit has the capacity of 1000 LPM (litres per minute) each, ie, 60,000 litres per hour at five to six bar pressure of each unit totalling to 1,20,000 litres an hour, which can be utilised for the treatment of Covid as well as other patients at the hospital. The system, he said, will eliminate the hardship of frequent refilling the cylinders for treatment of patients, and will ensure a smooth and continuous oxygen supply to the hospital.

The PSA oxygen generation unit generates pure oxygen gas by the continuous process of pressure swing adsorption and desorption methods through imported molecular oxygen sieves in the pressurised and de-pressurized state in the unit and finally delivers oxygen of a minimum of 93% purity.

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