Assam CM dedicates 14 oxygen generators to people

Sarma dedicated 14 of the 40 oxygen generators, received as donation from the PM-CARES Fund and set up in 14 hospitals across the state

Guwahati: Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Friday said the state government has augmented its oxygen storage capacity to 342 metric tonnes and in case there is an outbreak of the third wave of Covid-19, it will be in a better position to deal with the situation.

Sarma dedicated 14 of the 40 oxygen generators, received as donation from the PM-CARES Fund and set up in 14 hospitals across the state, to the people on the occasion of Prime Minister Narendra Modi‘s 71st birthday.

The 14 oxygen generators have a capacity to generate 15.71 metric tonnes of the life-saving gas per day.

The remaining 26 generators with a capacity of 47.69 metric tonnes per day will be inaugurated soon, an official release said.

“These (14) oxygen generation plants will greatly help the health services delivery system of the state to provide critical care facilities to the patients,” Sarma said.

He thanked the prime minister for donating the oxygen generators which, besides helping the state to become self-sufficient, can provide medical oxygen to the neighbouring states during any emergency situation.

Assam has also made good progress in inoculating people against Covid-19 as 75 per cent of the total eligible population received the vaccine with 20 per cent of them got both doses, Sarma said.

India received 17 consignments of medical aid from nations to battle Covid surge

Between April 24 and May 2, India has received 17 consignments – comprising essential medical equipment such as oxygen concentrators, cylinders of medical oxygen, ventilators and BiPAP machines, bedside monitors, anti-viral drugs, rapid kits to detect Covid-19 virus, pulse oximeters, N95 masks and personal protective equipment among others — from at least 14 countries.

The Centre on Tuesday prepared an exhaustive list of consignments of medical equipment that India has received from different nations amid spiraling surge in coronavirus disease cases.

The government said between April 24 and May 2, India has received 17 consignments – comprising of essential medical equipment such as oxygen concentrators, cylinders of medical oxygen, ventilators and BiPAP machines, bedside monitors, anti-viral drugs, rapid kits to detect Covid-19 virus, pulse oximeters, N95 masks and personal protective equipment among others -- from 14 countries.

The United Kingdom was the first to rush its consignment to India on April 24, where it sent 95 oxygen concentrators, 20 Lumis BiPAP machines, 20 ventilators and allied equipment. They were sent to various hospitals in the national capital.

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The aid continued to flow in. Singapore was the next nation to send 256 oxygen cylinders on May 28, at a time when both government-run and private hospitals across the country reported shortages in supply of medical oxygen to critical patients.

Government officials aware of the developments said the oxygen concentrators from Singapore were uniformly distributed among All India Institute of Medical Science in Bhubaneswar, Patna, Raipur and Ranchi.

Russia, too, extended help to India by sending oxygen concentrators, lung ventilators, bedside monitors and at least 200,000 packs of anti-viral drug Favipiravir, used to treat symptoms related to the coronavirus disease.

Even countries like Romania sent at least 75 oxygen cylinders and 80 oxygen concentrators, which helped hospitals in Delhi such as Lady Hardinge, Safdarjung and Aiims Jhajhhar, data shared by the government shows.

Some of the other counties that have helped India in times of its crisis are the United States, UAE, Ireland, Thailand, Germany, France, Uzbekistan and Taiwan.

The biggest consignment that India has received so far are from the US and United Arab Emirates. The US sent 714,301 rapid detection kits, 125,000 Remdesivir vials, 994,800 N95 masks apart from oxygen cylinders in two separate consignments while the UAE rushed in 480 ventilators, 170,7600 masks and hundreds and thousands of PPE kits, the data reveals.

Shop at Shaheen Bagh supplying oxygen to gasping patients of Delhi.

New Delhi 30th April 2021: The second wave of coronavirus has hit the country severely. It has crumbled the health care system of India. Delhi, the capital state of India and probably having one of country’s best health care system is suffering from acute shortage of medical oxygen. The death of twenty five patients for not getting enough oxygen supply in Delhi’s Gangaram Hospital tells us how Delhi is in need of medical oxygen. The long queues in oxygen refilling centres  tell us how  shortage of oxygen Delhi facing is. It is saddening to see that people have to wait in queue for hours for the thing they need most to save their near and dear ones

In this tough time people has started helping themselves. Social media platforms are full with posts of people asking for hospital beds, oxygen cylinders, essential drugs etc. While there are posts of the people requesting beds, oxygen cylinders etc. there are also the people helping out by putting the address of oxygen refilling centres, empty beds and availability of certain drugs.  In one such posts we saw an oxygen refilling shop at Delhi’s Shaheen Bagh.
Shaheen Bagh, the epicenter of Anti-CAA protest. The Shaheen Bagh which the Godi Media refers as “mini-Pakistan” for its participation in Anti-CAA protest. The protest which began on 15 December, 2019 orchestrated mainly by Muslim women is often seen as resistance against Hindutva government which has passed an act granting citizenship to Hindu, Sikhs, Parsis, Jains Buddhists and Christians but excluding Muslims. Following the protest, an anti-Muslim pogrom was carried out causing death of 53 people of which two-thirds were Muslims. Mosques were vandalised and saffron flags hoisted.  The Muslims were marked as targets and properties owned by them were set ablaze by the rioters.
Coming to Shaheen Bagh’s  oxygen refilling shop -Waseem Gases which is originally an AC repair shop is supplying medical oxygen to the long queues of people irrespective of their religion. At a time, when Delhi is facing acute shortage of oxygen, this shop is a ray of hope for many Delhiities to save their loved ones. Waseem Malik told ThePrint that he and his brother own three AC repair shops in Delhi’s Shaheen Bagh and during summer, they store oxygen and nitrogen in one of their shops- Waseem Gases because it is needed by the technicians to repair and service ACs. They are getting the supply of gases from Mohan Cooperative Industrial Area in Badarpur for years now. Waseem also said that they have helped patients in the neighborhood with medical oxygen last year too when the pandemic first hit the country but he has not seen demand like this time. This year people are coming in thousands but unfortunately he does  not have enough supplies to meet the demand.  The demand escalated especially after a couple of boys from the neighborhood posted the shop’s photo on Twitter last week.
Waseem charges Rs 100-130 for refilling which is also far less than what hospitals are demanding. Sometimes, he does not even charge to those who are unable to pay. Waseem said that he and his brother are working overtime to meet the demand but are unable to do so. The hardest thing he has to do is turn away those arriving at his shop. A year ago Delhi which was divided into religions has found itself together in this hour of crisis.
Delhi is facing acute shortage of medical oxygen. The situation is so worse that Delhi High Court threatened  Aam Aadmi Party’s government that it will ask the central government to take over gas re filler units if the state is unable to handle the situation.