Odisha: Industrial Oxygen Cylinders To Be Used For Medical Purposes

As the nation deals with the second wave of COVID-19, there has been a growing requirement for oxygen for the treatment of patients. To meet the supply-demand chain in Odisha, the state government has decided to convert industrial oxygen cylinders available with industrial houses for medical use.

In a top-level administration meeting held by the state, Industries director Md. Sadique Alam has been given the responsibility of locating industrial oxygen cylinders within the state and facilitating their conversion for medical purposes. Similarly, the general managers of the district industrial centres (DIC) have been assigned to coordinate with the industrial establishments under their jurisdictions about the availability of such oxygen cylinders.

“After locating the oxygen cylinders, the DIC authorities will extend the necessary support to the drugs inspectors for their conversion so that they can be used in various COVID-19 treatment facilities. In case of any issue, it will be brought to the notice of the district collectors,” a senior government official said.

The industries department has further urged the DIC officials to report the status of the number of oxygen cylinders (both B-type and D-type) available with numerous industrial units by Sunday evening. To maintain an adequate supply, the state government had requested the Centre for 20,000 additional oxygen cylinders.

Hemant Sharma, the industries secretary, has addressed a letter to the highest officials of various industrial units in the state to provide equipment like oxygen concentrators and medical oxygen cylinders with regulators and valves as a portion of their corporate social responsibility. The industrial houses have been asked to engage a nodal person to coordinate with the state government for the purpose.

Several steel plants in Odisha had played a part in supplying oxygen to various states. Naveen Jindal-led JSPL’s Angul plant has been producing 100 tonnes of liquid medical oxygen and giving it to other states every day to fight the pandemic.

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