Central government senior steps to ensure a smoother movement of oxygen between states

The Union’s Interior Ministry has stepped in to ease the medical oxygen supply crisis reported by several regions this week, with senior officials directly intervening in specific cases where oil companies have been restricted by one state from going to another, an official said. high rank for HT.

The problem was highlighted on Tuesday evening, after some hospitals in Delhi ran out of supplies or received additions with a few minutes of spare time, causing the state government to repeatedly raise the issue. Delhi does not have its own large scale production and had to rely on Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand.

“It simply came to our notice then [oxygen] missing, but we’ll fix it. During the day, some plants see some problems, but we are in a situation, “said Union Home Secretary Ajay Kumar Bhalla. “Any allocation made to states should be allowed to go.”

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Bhalla said the center is trying to reiterate an order from September 18, 2020, which says no restrictions will be imposed on oxygen producers and suppliers to limit supply to hospitals in the state in which it is located.

The second wave of the Covid-19 outbreak caused a lack of hospital beds and other crucial supplies, such as oxygen and medicines. Oxygen is a critical medical intervention against Covid-19, which causes respiratory distress in some cases. The pandemic has accelerated global demand for it. According to the World Health Organization, the need for oxygen has increased to 1.1 million cylinders in low- and middle-income countries alone.

All previous daily records were shot down in India as it reported 315,909 Covid-19 cases on Wednesday. The country also reported the most infections in a single day worldwide.

The head of all Indian gas producers’ associations, Saket Tiku, said Bhalla had to intervene in several cases, as authorities in Haryana and Uttar Pradesh are among those banning the free movement of oxygen between states.

„Air Liquide [a manufacturer] reports that their trucks are lined up in Panipat to bring oxygen to Delhi, but a police team has arrived and is not allowing the trucks to move, ”Tiku said.

Another producer, Linde, sent a similar complaint earlier to a control room in Delhi.

In her message, Linde said a senior drug inspector arrived at the Faridabad factory with his team on Wednesday and does not allow access to supplies to Delhi and the National Capital Region (NCR). He added that they were told that the supply would only go to Haryana. “We supply 70 tpd of medical oxygen to all major government and private hospitals in Delhi-NCR, which includes all covide hospitals. I look forward to your support to remove the restriction immediately to avoid any death, “said Linde.

Haryana Deputy Chief Minister Dushyant Chautala said he had no information on such developments. But central government officials, who have mapped out oxygen needs nationwide, are worried.

“If people become parishioners on oxygen, how will we handle it,” said a member of a proxy group formed to deal with the situation. The group meets every two hours to assess the situation.

Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia told a news conference on Wednesday that he had to call for help from the Center on two occasions, when supply trucks were stranded in Haryana and Uttar Pradesh between Tuesday and Wednesday. “If we have to keep track of every truck and ask the Center to intervene, then this is not a very good situation,” he told reporters on Wednesday.