163 oxygen plants functional in state


Chronicle Reporter, Bhopal
As many as 163 oxygen plants have been set up in various hospitals in Madhya Pradesh to ensure local availability of oxygen. These plants have a capacity of 182 metric tonnes of oxygen production per day. With this, 9145 patients can be treated by supplying oxygen at the rate of 10 liters per minute if required. The remaining 39 oxygen plants will be set up this month.
MP becoming self-sufficient in oxygen: Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said that Madhya Pradesh is fast moving towards becoming self-sufficient in the field of oxygen. As of today, 163 oxygen plants have been started in different districts of the state. Rest of the plants will also be set up soon. About 230 metrics medical oxygen can be generated per day from all these 202 plants.
The work of setting up 88 oxygen plants from PM Care Fund, 13 from Chief Minister’s Relief Fund and 101 plants through other various means like the Health Department, CSR and local efforts was started from last May in the state.
Oxygen storage facility: At present 360 metric tonnes of liquid oxygen storage facility is available in the government medical colleges of the state. Apart from this, liquid oxygen tanks (total 248 metric tons) of 6 kilo litre capacity are being set up in 34 district hospitals of the state. Availability of 13 thousand 956 oxygen concentrators in government hospitals and 1350 in medical colleges has been ensured. Apart from this, the Government of India has also allotted 3860 concentrators in addition to the oxygen concentrators given earlier.