Indian railways are preparing to run special “Oxygen Express” trains for the transport of medical oxygen (LMO) liquid and oxygen boxes across the country in the next few days.
A Green Corridor is being developed for the rapid transit of Oxygen Express trains. This will ensure more and faster access to medical oxygen for patients. Liquid medical oxygen will be delivered through a roll on-roll off (Ro-Ro) service by road tanks placed on flat wagons to various locations.
Several steps are being taken at oxygen stations across the country. Since oxygen availability is a key factor in treating certain medical conditions in Covid infection.
Center restricts oxygen supply to industrial use to meet the growing demand for COVID-19 patients
On the other hand, the facility has rejected the delivery of Oxygen for industrial purposes by manufacturers and suppliers from April 22 until further orders.
The issue was discussed by the Department of Industrial Development and Internal Trade (DPIIT) with all stakeholders and after due consultation, it was considered prudent to prevent the industrial use of oxygen to meet the growing demand for medical oxygen.
According to the Union Department of Health, the residual oxygen available as a result of this interim limit will be made available for use as therapeutic oxygen in the treatment of COVID19 patients.
The prohibition shall not apply to the following 9 industries listed:
1) Ampoules and Vials
3) Petroleum refineries
4) Steel plants
5) Nuclear energy facilities
6) Oxygen cylinder manufacturers
7) Waste-water treatment plants
8) Food and water purification
9) Process Industries that require the uninterrupted operation of furnaces, processes, others as approved by the respective authority.
Industrial units, with the exception of the 9 mentioned, are advised to consider alternatives such as importing Oxygen or setting up their Air Separator Units (ASU) for Oxygen production for their capture needs.
Industrial units, with the exception of those listed above, which would not be in a state of oxygen supply are advised to consider alternatives such as importing Oxygen or setting up their Air Separator Units (ASU) for Oxygen production for their capture needs.
The center is facing a shortage of oxygen in the provinces and UTs
Due to the sudden rise in COVID cases, the oxygen demand for effective clinical treatment of COVID patients has also seen a number of increases.
The Department of Internal Industry Promotion and Trade (DPIIT) has stated that this has already reached 60 percent of the total daily Oxygen output, and is expected to rise further. There have been reports of medical oxygen shortages from other countries and at UT.
“Before the COVID epidemic hit India, our daily oxygen consumption was 1000-1200 tons. But on April 15, 4,795 tons of medical oxygen was used in the country. We have increased production last year, ”said Union Minister Piyush Goyal.
The central government regularly monitors and ensures the smooth availability of essential medical equipment including health oxygen in the affected countries and addresses the challenges that arise from time to time.
Empowered Group-II (EG-II) led by the Secretary, Department of Industry Promotion and Internal Trade (DPIIT) is accredited by the Government. in India to carry the necessary equipment for medical equipment, drugs that include medical oxygen all over the country.
Several urgent and timely steps have been taken in recent days by the Government of India to address the issue of adequate access to medical oxygen throughout the country.
While every effort is made to meet the growing demand for medical oxygen, including increasing daily production and stocks and States / UTs taking appropriate measures for the full and limited use of available oxygen stock, the current trend requires additional measures.