In a bid to make the state self-reliant in oxygen production, the Uttar Pradesh government has made 550 oxygen producing plants operational in the state. Ensuring adequate availability of medical oxygen, the state government on Tuesday announced that as many as 551 oxygen plants have already been set up in Uttar Pradesh while work to get 10 more plants functional is going on at a steady pace.
In a proactive move to equip the state with the presence of medical oxygen, a total of 561 oxygen plants were sanctioned during the second Covid-19 wave, which was at its peak in April and May throughout India. With as many as 23 plants becoming functional in the span of less than two weeks, the Uttar Pradesh government is working on a mission mode to ensure the presence of all medical resources.
While reviewing the Covid-19 situation across the state in a high-level meeting with senior officials, the CM said, “23 more oxygen plants have become functional in less than 2 weeks. The process of establishing the remaining under-construction plants should be completed in a time-bound manner.”
The CM further emphasized on the importance of full vaccination saying that, “Complete vaccination has proved to be effective in fighting against new variants like ‘Omicron’, hence, the pace of the ongoing vaccination drive in the state should be expedited. All those who have not taken the second dose despite the stipulated time on a priority basis, should be contacted.”
Real-time monitoring of the installation work has been planned, with the district administrations being asked to continuously monitor the progress of installation work of these plants and ensure the availability of raw material so that it can be completed on time.
The oxygen plants have been made mandatory in hospitals with more than 50 beds capacity. The CM also directed the officials to assess the updated situation in this regard and take necessary action. Along with hospitals and medical colleges, oxygen plants are also being set up at the CHCs and the PHCs across the state.
As many as twenty-five oxygen plants were already functional in the state before the government took the step of constructing more to ensure the availability of sufficient amounts of medical oxygen.
Besides the initiatives of the state government, the Centre has also approved the establishment of PSA medical oxygen plants with funding from PM Cares.