Meghalaya CM Conrad K Sangma after the inauguration of the oxygen plant at Tura Civil Hopsital on Tuesday (UB photos)
SHILLONG: Three civil hospitals in Tura, Nongpoh and Jowai in Meghalaya now have emergency oxygen supply available to provide intensive care treatment to the critically ill COVID-19 patients with emergency support from the Government of Japan and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
Launching the plants in Tura, West Garo Hills on Tuesday, chief minister Conrad K Sangma thanked the UNDP and the people and Government of Japan for “contributing to this crisis management and enabling the state of Meghalaya to fight Covid in a stronger way.”
“The relationship between Japan and India has been growing from strength to strength. The Prime Ministers of both India and Japan have expressed their desire for the two nations to work together and many areas of collaboration are taking place today,” he observed.
Thanking the Government of Japan, the chief minister said, “In crisis like these, the true nature of our relationship comes out. This help only confirms and strengthens the relationship of Japan and India.”
State health minister AL Hek inaugurated the Nongpoh Civil Hospital PSA Plant and local legislator W Shylla dedicated the Jowai Maternal and Children’s Hospital PSA Plant the same day. The plants utilize pressure swing adsorption (PSA) technology to produce up to 800 litres of oxygen per minute.
A total of eight oxygen generation plants are being installed in the NE states of Meghalaya, Nagaland and Tripura with the help of the Government of Japan and UNDP.
The plants have the capacity to serve approximately 1,300 beds.
To support the Government of India’s ongoing COVID-19 response, UNDP together with the Government of Japan’s support is strengthening the health and social protection systems, most importantly reviving the livelihoods, targeting the most vulnerable population.