ArcelorMittal Nippon Steel Donates 1300 Oxygen Cylinders to Odisha
Global steel major ArcelorMittal/Nippon Steel (AM/NS) on Sunday airlifted over 1,300 liquid medical oxygen cylinders to Odisha. The consignment was transported from China to help the State restock its supplies of medical-grade oxygen used in the treatment of Covid-19 patients.
ArcelorMittal/Nippon Steel has promised to provide more than 5000 oxygen cylinders as part of its CSR initiative.
“AM/NS India responded to the pressing demand put forth by the Odisha government by airlifting 1,300 medical oxygen cylinders. The transfer called for active collaboration among multiple stakeholders, and we appreciate the support,” the company said.
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik praised the steel giant for its efforts in helping Odisha meet the demand for oxygen cylinders. “Living up to its commitment of ensuring Oxygen availability for all Covid affected, Odisha organised medical oxygen cylinders from abroad. The first lot sponsored through CSR of ArcelorMittal/Nippon Steel India arrived today at Biju Patnaik International Airport”, said the Chief Minister.
Reports suggest that the consignment included both 46-litre and 10-litre capacity cylinders. The second consignment is expected to arrive in Odisha next month.
Meanwhile, Odisha has extended the lockdown until June 17. Although the number of infections is showing a downward trend in the last few days, the positivity rate remains high. The current test positivity rate (TPR) of about 14% is slightly worrying as officials believe this has to come down to below 5%.