Uttar Pradesh government has made over 500 oxygen producing plants functional across the state to deal with any medical emergencies. In a bid to make the state self-reliant, the state government has operationalised nearly 530 plants so far.
According to state government officials, while 538 are already functional, work is also underway for 21 more plants. It may be noted that after the second wave of Covid 19 touched its peak in April and May last, 549
Oxygen plants were sanctioned across the state. With as many as 4 plants becoming functional in the span of the last 8 days, the Uttar Pradesh government is working on a mission mode to ensure presence of all medical resources amid spread of the new ‘Omicron’ variant in other states.
“4 more oxygen plants have become functional over the last one week. The process of establishing the remaining under-construction plants is being carried out in a time-bound manner,” informed a government official.
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 availability of raw material so that it can be completed on time.
The oxygen plants are to be mandatory in hospitals with more than 50 beds capacity. CM Yogi Adityanath has 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 Community Health Centres (CHC) and the Primary Health Centres (PHC) across the state.
As many as 25 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.