Prime Minister Narendra Modi chaired a high-level meeting to review the oxygen supply amid shortage faced by hospitals across the country as the more deadly second wave of coronavirus sweeps the country.
The officials briefed the PM on the efforts undertaken in the last few weeks to improve the supply of oxygen, said a release from the Prime Minister’s Office.
“The PM spoke about the need to work rapidly on multiple aspects: increasing production of oxygen, increasing the speed of distribution and using innovative ways to provide oxygen support to health facilities,” it said.
The availability of medical oxygen, it said, has been increased by about 3,300 MT/ day with contributions from private and public steel plants, industries, oxygen manufacturers as well as through prohibition of supply of oxygen for non-essential industries.
The PM was informed how oxygen supply to states is steadily increasing due to high Covid caseload. India today saw a record Covid spike with 3.14 lakh infections in a day and 2,104 deaths. This is the fastest rise in cases and deaths any country has suffered till now.