Odisha has made a mark in supplying medical oxygen to other states during the second wave of the pandemic.
Laying virtual foundation stones for seven liquid medical oxygen plants in seven districts of the state on Wednesday, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said that Odisha has helped save many lives from COVID-19 by continuous supply of medical oxygen to as many as 17 oxygen deficit states.
AIR correspondent, Odisha has already supplied more than 28,000 metric tons of life saving medical oxygen through dedicated corridors to many other states and union territories.
Odisha police has been ensuring the safe passage of the oxygen tankers from the points of origin like the Rourkela Steel Plant under the Steel Authority of India Ltd.
On the other hand its own medical oxygen consumption too has come down to about 61 metric tons per day, even as the covid-19 infection in the state continues to show a downturn.
The state has been reporting fresh infection of about 6,000 cases daily for the last couple of days indicating a test positivity rate below 9%.
Meanwhile, the state government has decided to set up RT-PCR test laboratories in all the 30 districts of the state, with 17 of these already equipped with such labs to make the battle against the virus further localized.