Tribune News Service
Jalandhar, June 27
With the declaration of two new oxygen plants in government facilities in the district, the oxygen generation capacity is set to increase with the number of cylinders expected to be raised to 3,300 per day soon. The government oxygen generation capacity is all set to be raised to 1900 LPM per day with two more plants announced on Sunday.
With the number of Covid-19 cases witnessing a big reduction and no case of the Delta variant surfacing in Jalandhar so far, the district administration is speeding up the installation of oxygen plants.
The Civil Hospital already has a 700 LPM (litres per minute) plant on its premises installed amid the peak of the second wave earlier this year. The DC announced that the district administration is all set to commence the construction of two PSA (pressure swing adsorption)-based oxygen generation plants for government hospitals.
Deputy Commissioner Ghanshyam Thori said the first plant with a capacity of 1000 LPM would come up at the Civil Hospital while the second plant having a capacity of 200 LPM would be developed at Nakodar Sub Divisional Hospital. He said both the projects would strengthen the existing oxygen generation capacity in government-run healthcare institutions.
While the process has been in place ever since the peak period of the second wave when the district touched over 800 cases a day, PSA plants were installed at several hospitals in the past few months.
So far, NHS, New Ruby, Tagore, Patel, Shriman, Global, Capitol hospitals and PIMS have their own plants.
Assistant Commissioner and Nodal Officer for Covid Hardeep Singh said: “The government oxygen generation capacity alone will be hiked to 1900 LPM per day soon. The capacity of plants dedicated solely to manufacturing of oxygen for medical (not industrial) oxygen will reach 3300 LPM in the district. Besides, directions have been issued to all private hospitals needing more than 50 cylinders per day to install their own PSA plants to avoid chaos during impending waves of Covid, just in case. We also have 1,000 beds and equipment ready in the district to tackle any Covid exigency.”
The Assistant Commissioner said, “While Shriman, New Ruby, Patel and Global Hospitals have already installed plants, PIMS and Capitol have a contract with INOX to receive 5-6 metric tonnes of oxygen when required. Overall 10 MT oxygen will be added to district oxygen capacity with these privately installed plants.”