New Delhi:24/12/22: In a fresh advisory to states, the central government has insisted on making sure that enough medical oxygen is available. This comes as the government is reviewing preparations to fight coronavirus. Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday had warned that coronavirus is not over yet as China and other nations continue to see a massive uptick in cases. The government has also made it mandatory for international passengers coming from China, Thailand, South Korea and Japan to undergo an RT-PCR test.
In a letter to states, Additional Secretary in the Ministry of Health Manohar Agnani said though the covid cases in the country are low and not surging as of now, to face any challenges arising in future, the operationalisation and maintenance of medical infrastructure is of utmost importance.
“Therefore, you are requested to direct all departments concerned to ensure that PSA plants are kept fully functional and regular mock drills are conducted to check them.”
The Centre has also asked states to ensure the availability of Liquid Medical Oxygen (LMO) in the health facilities and uninterrupted supply chain for their refilling/
The states have been told to have adequate inventory of oxygen cylinders along with backup stocks and robust refilling system, and availability of functional life support equipment such as ventilators, BipAp and SpO2 systems along with their consumables.
Oxygen control rooms should be reinvigorated at states/UTs level for prompt resolution of oxygen-related issues and challenges, the ministry added.