With many hospitals reporting a scarcity of oxygen amid spiralling coronavirus circumstances, the Punjab authorities on Saturday ordered the closure of operations on the state’s iron and metal trade to divert oxygen for medical use.
Oxygen together with LPG is utilized in induction, arc furnaces and rolling mills to chop and form the iron and metal objects for use by completely different trade verticals. Iron and metal items are largely concentrated in Ludhiana and Mandi Gobindgarh.
Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh additionally ordered quick institution of oxygen management rooms on the state and district-level.
Ordering closure of business operations at iron and metal crops, mentioned the Chief Minister in an announcement, including that the state authorities will convey its choice to the centre.
The transfer has come hours after six sufferers died at a personal hospital in Amritsar attributable to oxygen scarcity.
Taking inventory of the scenario, the Chief Minister mentioned the present allocation of oxygen to Punjab will not be enough to fulfill its wants and mentioned he has already taken up the matter with the Centre, searching for a rise in quota on an pressing foundation.
Sudden inflow of sufferers from neighbouring states has put an added burden on the oxygen necessities of Punjab, the Chief Minister famous.
The Chief Minister additionally requested for a feasibility report from the Power Department on using thermal crops for offering oxygen for medical use.
Punjab has witnessed a pointy improve in demand for oxygen over the previous a couple of days. The demand for oxygen at the moment stands at 250 metric tonnes per day and is additional anticipated to go as much as 300 MT in coming days on account of spiralling COVID circumstances.
Reacting to stories of improve within the worth of oxygen by suppliers, Amarinder Singh requested Punjab Small Industries and Export Corporation to debate, negotiate and settle the pricing with bulk suppliers and inform the Principal Secretary, Medical Education and Research, on the ultimate choice.
The Chief Minister additionally ordered Punjab Health Systems Corporation to acquire 100 extra oxygen concentrators, together with 50 authorised earlier, along with 234 already being utilized in COVID amenities, the assertion mentioned.
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