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COVID-19: Empowered Group 2 initiates action to avoid panic regarding availability of medical oxygen

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COVID-19: Empowered Group 2 initiates action to avoid panic regarding availability of medical oxygen

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Empowered Group 2 has initiated action to avoid panic with reference to oxygen availability.

Empowered Group 2 has initiated action to avoid panic with reference to oxygen availability. In a statement, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said that there is a sufficient production capacity of around 7127 MTs for oxygen in the country, and as per need, the surplus oxygen available with the steel plants is also being utilized.

The country has a daily production capacity of 7127 MT of oxygen per day. Against this, the total production has been 100 percent since the past two days, as directed by EG2, since supply to medical oxygen has gone up rapidly, it said.
On April 12, 2021, the medical oxygen consumption in the country was 3,842 MTs, which is 54 percent of the daily production capacity. The maximum consumption of medical oxygen in the country is by states of Maharashtra, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Delhi, followed by Chhattisgarh, Punjab, Rajasthan, it added.
Medical oxygen is a critical component in the treatment of COVID affected patients. An inter-ministerial Empowered Group (EG2) of officers under the chairmanship of Dr. Guruprasad Mohapatra, Secretary, Department for Promotion of Industries and Internal Trade (DPIIT) consisting of senior officers from various ministries and departments including Ministry of Health & Family Welfare (MOHFW), Ministry of Textiles, Ministry of AYUSH, Ministry of MSME, etc was constituted during the COVID pandemic in March – 2020 to ensure the availability of essential medical equipment including medical oxygen to the affected states.
For the past one year, the EG2 has been continuously monitoring and facilitating the smooth supply of essential medical equipment including medical oxygen to the affected states and addressing challenges that arise from time to time. In the present context of increasing COVID cases, the EG2 has been meeting and facilitating the supply of essential medical equipment, particularly related to medical oxygen supply to the States. EG2 has been meeting and interacting frequently with the States, Oxygen manufacturers and other stakeholders to facilitate medical oxygen supply to States are per necessity, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare mentioned.
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