Now, control room to monitor medical oxygen supply in state - ECAS Punjab

Now, control room to monitor medical oxygen supply in state

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Chandigarh, September 18

The Punjab Government has set up a state-level control room to monitor the supply and rational distribution of medical oxygen amid reports of its short supply to treat high-risk Covid-19 cases.

Against a daily demand of 10,000 oxygen cylinders in the pre-Covid times, the demand has gone up by five times. This surge has forced the Health Department to divert all oxygen supply to healthcare institutions, asking all suppliers to divert production of industrial oxygen to medical oxygen, and use only the surplus (if any) for industrial use, said RS Sachdeva of Hi Tech Industries, Mohali, a medical and industrial oxygen manufacturer.

Villagers make a beeline for testing

Barnala: Apparently encouraged by the new policy of the Punjab Government to allow home isolation for asymptomatic patients, villagers are opting for Covid-19 testing voluntarily. During a camp at Cheema village on Friday, locals came out in large numbers to get themselves tested. TNS

Meanwhile, Punjab reported 2,817 fresh cases and 62 deaths on Friday. This has taken the total number of active cases to 21,662.

As the number of patients requiring oxygen support increases, hospitals are increasingly complaining of its shortage. The Health Department has been increasing the number of oxygen beds.

'Oximeter drive' launched in patiala

Patiala: AAP leaders on Friday launched an "oximeter drive" to help people check their blood-oxygen level as it can help in "detection" of Covid-19. Barnala MLA Gurmeet Singh said, "We will take oximeters to all villages so that Covid symptoms can be detected early and people can take timely treatment." TNS

There are 9,180 oxygen beds in Level 2 and 3 healthcare facilities in both government and private sector. Of these, 3,737 beds are occupied. Health Department data shows of the 7,847 oxygen beds in Level 2 facilities, 2,797 are occupied. The problem is in Level 3 facilities, where the high-risk and serious cases are being referred. Of the 1,333 oxygen beds here, 940 are occupied.

Tanu Kashyap, managing director of the Punjab Health Systems Corporation, said: "We are working to increase the number of oxygen beds in tertiary care (Level 3) hospitals. In the next five days, the number of oxygen beds in the Amritsar medical college would increase from 109 to 160, in Faridkot medical college from 32 to 100 and from 120 to 150 in Patiala medical college. At the same time, we are working to ensure there is adequate supply of medical oxygen."

A state-level task force has been notified today to ensure there is no shortage of medical oxygen in the healthcare institutions. — TNS



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