No deaths resulting from lack of oxygen had been particularly reported by states and UTs in the course of the second Covid-19 wave, the federal government knowledgeable Rajya Sabha on Tuesday.
However there was an unprecedented surge in demand for medical oxygen in the course of the second wave and it peaked at almost 9000 MT in comparison with 3095 MT within the first wave following which the Centre needed to step in to facilitate equitable distribution among the many states, it stated.
Responding to a query on whether or not a lot of Covid-19 sufferers died on roads and hospitals resulting from acute scarcity of oxygen within the second wave, Minister of State for Well being Bharati Pravin Pawar famous that well being is a state topic and states and UTs repeatedly report the variety of instances and deaths to the Centre.
“Detailed pointers for reporting of deaths have been issued by the Union Well being Ministry to all states and UTs.
“Accordingly, all states and UTs report instances and deaths to the Union Well being Ministry regularly. Nonetheless, no deaths resulting from lack of oxygen have been particularly reported by states and UTs,” Pawar stated in a written reply.
Govt stated provide of medical oxygen is set by contractual preparations between the hospital and the medical oxygen provider involved. (File)
The Authorities of India has supported the states and undertook a collection of actions together with provisioning medical oxygen, and different consumables to make sure scientific care of Covid-19 sufferers in view of the steep rise of Covid-19 trajectory within the nation throughout April- Might 2021.
On the entire demand of oxygen by the states and complete oxygen provided, the ministry stated the provision of medical oxygen to hospitals is set by contractual preparations between the hospital and the medical oxygen provider involved.
“Nonetheless, resulting from unprecedented surge in demand of medical oxygen in the course of the second wave-the demand within the nation peaked to just about 9000 MT as in comparison with 3095 MT in the course of the first wave- the central authorities needed to step in to facilitate equitable distribution to the states.
At a Covid care facility in New Delhi. (File)
“A dynamic and clear framework for allocation of medical oxygen in session with states and UTs and all of the stakeholders comparable to related ministries, producers/suppliers of liquid oxygen, and so forth. was ready,” the written reply said.
The energetic caseload of the state and UT was the first determinant of oxygen allocation. Different components comparable to case doubling fee, obtainable medical infrastructure, and so forth. had been additionally given due consideration.
Additional, the allocation was stored dynamic as per the altering pandemic load.
The primary allocation order was issued on fifteenth April 2021 and revised sometimes, primarily based on the traits of energetic instances and provide place. A complete allocation of 10,250 MT has been executed to 26 excessive burden states as on Might 28, 2021, the reply stated.
The Authorities of India, together with the state governments, took all potential steps to deal with the unprecedented surge in oxygen demand that arose within the second wave of Covid-19.
This consists of enhancement of liquid medical oxygen (LMO) manufacturing from 5700 MTs in August 2020 to 9690 MTs in Might 2021, restrictions on industrial use of oxygen; and augmentation of availability of containers.
A dynamic and clear framework for allocation of medical oxygen in session with states and UTs and all of the stakeholders comparable to related Ministries, producers/suppliers of liquid oxygen, and so forth. was ready.
Additionally, on-line digital options viz. Oxygen Demand Aggregation system (ODAS) and Oxygen Digital Monitoring System (ODTS) have been developed to establish the demand for medical oxygen from all medical services and to trace their transportation.
Additional, to keep away from wastage of medical oxygen, pointers on rational use of oxygen had been issued on twenty fifth September 2020. These had been additional revised and disseminated to States on twenty fifth April 2021.
The states had been additionally supplied with oxygen gear comparable to oxygen cylinders, concentrators and Stress Swing Adsorption (PSA) oxygen technology vegetation. A complete of 4,02,517 oxygen cylinders have been procured or are being procured and distributed to the states.
As many as 1,222 PSA Oxygen technology vegetation have been sanctioned. Out of those, as on fifteenth July 2021, 237 vegetation have been commissioned.
Aside from this, 295 PSA vegetation are being put in by totally different ministries, the minister stated.
States have additionally been requested to arrange state-level oxygen technology vegetation.
To extend the storage capability of liquid medical oxygen within the states, below the emergency CovidPackage-Half-II, 1050 Liquid Medical Oxygen Tanks together with MGPS at a price of Rs. 80 Lakh every have been authorized.