In view of the sudden spike in the demand for medical oxygen due to an exponential rise in the number of COVID cases, India is using all means to get oxygen cylinders to patients. Steel plants and other industries across the country are sending huge quantities of oxygen to medical centres.
In addition to production plants being set up at war footing, Oxygen express trains, road, shipping, and air transport are engaged now to pick up oxygen from all around including containers from Singapore, Hong Kong, Germany, and other countries to address this sudden acute shortage.
Oxygen Express-A lifeline for COVID patients
On March 18, the Indian Railways announced the deployment of first-of-its-kind ‘Oxygen Express’ trains to transport LMO and oxygen cylinders in bulk in response to high demand from states dealing with Covid-19’s second wave. The Oxygen Express will be able to travel more quickly due to the development of a green corridor.
On April 23, the first Oxygen Express, carrying seven tankers full of liquid medical oxygen from Visakhapatnam, arrived in Maharashtra.
So far, 450 metric tonnes of oxygen have been delivered to Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, and Delhi through 26 Oxygen Express tankers covering over 10,000 kilometers. Another 64 metric tons of oxygen reached Madhya Pradesh’s Jabalpur and Bhopal today.
Yesterday, Delhi too received its first Oxygen Express, which carried more than 70 metric tonnes of liquid medical oxygen.
Countries reach out with supplies
Amidst the pandemic, India demonstrated its power by developing the COVID-19 vaccine and has also become a major supplier of the vaccine around the world. India’s humanitarian assistance has been praised by a number of countries.
Now several countries are also helping India in providing medical equipment to fight against the pandemic.
On Monday, 318 oxygen concentrators arrived at Delhi airport from the United States, as India receives international support to combat the unprecedented COVID-19 health crisis.
Air Force C-17 aircraft transported six cryogenic oxygen containers from Dubai.
The UK also sent 100 ventilators and 95 oxygen concentrator devices to help the country manage the covid-19 pandemic.
India received 800 oxygen concentrators from Hong Kong and four cryogenic O2 tanks from Singapore to meet the high demand for oxygen.
France and Germany also announced that their country will send oxygen generation plants, ventilators, and other medical supplies.
Russia has also offered help with a wide range of COVID-related assistance including oxygen concentrators as well as Remdesivir needed for the treatment.
India’s Vaccine Maitri
India has done its best to help the world during the COVID-19 crisis. India was not dependent on anybody during the pandemic period, rather it extended support to the world in the battle against the virus through its Vaccine maitri initiative.
India is also the world’s largest and most diverse democracy, and this time the states are also working together. Kerala, Rajasthan, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, and Delhi, all swung into action. They have been at the forefront of this national struggle alongside the Central Government.
Unfortunately, profiteers are trying to take advantage of people’s misery. A lot of black-marketers are being apprehended across the country. Irresponsible media too has resorted to fear-mongering. A lot of insensitive pictures have been circulated both on mainstream and social media.