Odisha Introduces Home Delivery of Oxygen Concentrators In Five Cities

In a decision that could prove to be of immense benefit for COVID patients, the Odisha government has arranged for free home delivery of oxygen concentrators in five cities. The service, which is on trial now, could later be expanded to other cities.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik launched the service in Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Berhampur, Sambalpur and Rourkela through the virtual mode. The people in need of such devices can book their product through a facility enabled in the state COVID dashboard.

“Odisha has been continuously upgrading healthcare facilities for the benefit of people. The availability of oxygen concentrators will give huge respite to patients looking for the equipment and strengthen our preparedness against current and future waves of COVID-19,” Patnaik said.

As per the Health Department, the five municipal corporations have initially been provided with a thousand concentrators each. As these are state-sponsored, they will be made available to the patients free of cost. Furthermore, guidelines for issuing such a device to a patient requires an oxygen saturation level of less than 94 per cent. The facility is primarily intended for use by those in home isolation, or those who have recovered recently from the coronavirus infection.

Once a device is booked from the portal, a rapid response team will be deployed to the patient’s house to train the family on the use of the device. A leaflet consisting of tips for the upkeep and efficient use of the device will also be provided to the family. The same team would remotely monitor the patient’s status, and once he/she does not require further use of the concentrator, the team would pick up the device and allot it to someone else in need.

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