On Wednesday, May 5, two medical oxygen plants funded by PMCARES were installed at AIIMS, New Delhi and RML Hospital within a week. Three more medical oxygen plants will be set up by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) under the PM CARES fund.
According to the announcement made by the Ministry of Defence on Tuesday, May 4, five plants will be installed within the first week of May in hospitals in and around Delhi.
Of the five, two plants were installed today, at AIIMS, New Delhi and Ram Manohar Lohia hospital.
The plants were airlifted from Coimbatore and installed on Tuesday, May 4. Both the plants would start the supply of oxygen by the evening of May 5.
PMCARES has allocated funds for the installation of 500 Medical Oxygen Plants across the country. The oxygen plants will meet the growing demand of medical oxygen amid the high surge of Covid-19 cases in the country.
In addition to this, more medical oxygen plants are planned to be set up within 3 months. In all, five high-flow medical oxygen plants will be installed at AIIMS Trauma Centre, Dr Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital (RML), Safdarjung Hospital, Lady Hardinge Medical College, and AIIMS, Jhajjar, Haryana.
What is the PMCARES Fund?
The PM CARES fund or the Prime Minister’s Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situations is a public charitable trust that was formed to strengthen the fight against Covid-19 in the country. The fund deals with any kind of emergency or distress situation to provide relief to the affected people. It was registered on March 27, 2020.