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Delhi Cabinet okays policy to promote medical O2 production

The Delhi Cabinet on Tuesday approved a policy to promote medical oxygen production

Delhi Cabinet okays policy to promote medical O2 production
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The Delhi Cabinet on Tuesday approved a policy to promote medical oxygen production and provide incentives to the private sector for investing in production plants, tankers and storage facilities for medical oxygen, said chief minister Arvind Kejriwal.

The chief minister tweeted after Tuesday's Cabinet meeting, "Approved Medical Oxy Prodn Promotion Policy. It provides several incentives to pvt sector to set up oxy prodn plants, invest in Oxy tankers n set up oxy storage facilities. This will help improving oxy availability in Del which became a huge bottleneck in handling last Covid wave."

Last month, lieutenant governor (L-G) Anil Baijal reviewed the progress of 160 pressure swing adsorption (PSA) oxygen plants which are supposed to be installed in both public sector and private sector hospitals in the city this year and collectively have a production capacity of more than 148 MT medical oxygen per day.

"At least 34 PSA oxygen plants are likely to be commissioned in different hospitals in the city by October 31," said a senior Delhi government official.

The official added, "While 66 PSA plants, including 17 under PMCARE fund, are being set up in Delhi government-run hospitals, 10 are being installed in central government hospitals, and 84 in private hospitals.

In April, Delhi witnessed an unprecedented surge in Covid-19 cases which left the healthcare infrastructure in the city overwhelmed. At its peak, Delhi added a daily average of 25,294 new Covid-19 cases for the seven days ending April 23. A severe crisis of medical oxygen turned the situation worse.cc

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