Bhubaneswar:9/6/21:Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today laid foundation stones for seven Liquid Medical Oxygen (LMO) plants and seven Pressure Swing Adsorption (PSA) Oxygen Generation plants in seven districts of the State.
In addition to these the Chief Minister inaugurated an additional health facility, dengue and diarrhoea wards, a blood classification unit at Balasore with assistance from WHO; a Centre of Excellence for Lung disease; and an RT-PCR test laboratory at Nabarangpur, said an official press release.
A sum of Rs 29.41 crore will be spent on these infrastructures, the release added.
Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Minister said that during the second wave of corona, the demand for medical oxygen had increased a lot.
There has been no problem in the supply of oxygen during this period, he added.
Patnaik said that Odisha apart from fulfilling its own requirement has saved several precious lives by supplying oxygen to 17 States.
This in addition to creating a special identity for Odisha, is a matter of self-satisfaction for every Odia, the Chief Minister stated.
He said that starting from oxygen generation to supplying it to the patient is a complex process. It requires several types of equipment, logistics, constant supervision and several other arrangements, he added.
“We have strengthened our system by getting oxygen cylinders from different places in the country and even from China,” Patnaik said.
Speaking about uncertainty around Coronavirus infection, the Chief Minister said, “We need to remain prepared from now. We are strengthening our healthcare infrastructure, healthcare personnel and training. I am hopeful these new arrangements will very soon serve the people”.
.Joining from Jharsuguda in the programme and speaking on the occasion, Health & Family Welfare Minister Naba Kisore Das that now in the field of oxygen, Odisha has become a new ray of hope for the country. He praised the Chief Minister’s endeavour for this.
He hoped that with these infrastructures Odisha will successfully tackle the third wave.
Joining the programme from Bolangir Women & Child Development and Mission Shakti Minister Tukuni Sahu, and from Bhubaneswar, Science & Technology Minister Ashok Panda praised the Chief Minister for remarkable development in health infrastructure in the State. They hoped that with this infrastructure Odisha will successfully tackle Covid and other health issues in the coming days.
Deputy Chief Whip, Nabarangpur MP, MLAs of Balasore, Bolangir, Cuttack-Choudwar and Nabarangpur also spoke at the function.
Secretary to CM (5T) VK Pandian coordinated the programme.
Additional Chief Secretary (Health) PK Mohapatra in his welcome address informed that there are 17 RT-PCR laboratories in the State including the one at Nabarangpur. These laboratories will be set up in all the districts, he added.Managing Director of Odisha Medical Corporation Ltd Yamini Sarangi offered a vote of thanks.Chief Secretary and other senior officers attended the programme.