As part of efforts to better deal with the Covid-19 situation, chief minister Tirath Singh Rawat virtually inaugurated oxygen generation plants in five hospitals in different parts of the state on Saturday. The oxygen plants inaugurated by the CM include a 250 LPM plant at Bageshwar district hospital, 100 LPM plant at Champawat district hospital, 200 LPM plant at Pithoragarh district hospital and 1,000 LPM capacity plants each in Himalayan Hospital, Jolly Grant and Coronation Hospital in Dehradun.
These five plants will generate a total of 4.76 metric tonnes of oxygen per day. Rawat thanked Azim Premji for the 600 LPM oxygen plant being set up in Pithoragarh with the help of Azim Premji Foundation and social worker Gopal Goswami for facilitating CSR funding for the Bageshwar plant. The oxygen plants set up in Champawat, Pithoragarh and Dehradun have been provided for by the Government of India through the PM CARES fund.
Speaking on the occasion, the chief minister referred to the considerable work done to enhance health facilities in the state during the past three months. All necessary arrangements have been made considering the possible third Covid wave with a considerable rise in the numbers of ICUs, ventilators and oxygen supported beds.
He further said that Covid care centres are being established at the community health centre (CHC) level too. Rawat informed that currently 17 oxygen generation plants are operating in the state while 17 plants are under construction. In addition to this, approval has been received for 11 more oxygen generation plants from the Centre. The chief minister further said that the hospitals in the state have 5,675 oxygen concentrators and 14,349 oxygen cylinders. The state will soon receive 2,494 oxygen concentrators and 6,231 oxygen cylinders.
Expressing his views on the occasion, the Education minister Arvind Pandey said that the state government is making all possible efforts to enhance medical treatment facilities. He said that these oxygen generation plants will provide considerable relief during the third Covid wave. The minister also exhorted the citizens to contribute to environmental conservation by planting trees on the occasion of Harela.