PM Modi Holds High-Level Meeting On Oxygen Supply And Availability


New Delhi:

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.

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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.

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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.


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