PM Modi: Get oxygen generation infrastructure ready fast | India News

PM Modi: Get oxygen generation infrastructure ready fast | India News

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday instructed officials to work closely with the states and ensure that 1,500 pressure swing adsorption (PSA) oxygen generators are made functional across the country at the earliest.
Since the Coronavirus outbreak, the Centre has been seeking to beef up the oxygen infrastructure. It had ordered the installation of PSA plants through the PM Cares Fund last year with the numbers significantly being scaled up this year as public sector companies are pitching in as well.
Once fully operational, these plants would support more than 4 lakh oxygenated beds, an official statement said.
“PM asked officials to ensure there is adequate training of hospital staff on operation and maintenance of oxygen plants. He also directed officials to ensure that each district has trained personnel available. Officials informed him that there is a training module prepared by experts and they are targeting training of around 8,000 people across the country,” it added.
Modi also suggested the use of advanced technology like IoT to track performance and functioning of these oxygen plants at a local and national level. A pilot has been undertaken, using IoT, for monitoring the performance of the oxygen plants.
Commerce and industry minister Piyush Goyal said in a tweet, “Held a review meeting with Empowered Group and various Liquid Oxygen Manufacturers in the country to discuss how to enhance oxygen capacity and create future-ready health infrastructure.”
As reported by TOI on Friday, the empowered group of secretaries headed by transport and DPIIT secretary Giridhar Aramane is looking at a series of measures, including an IT-based management system, creation of a war room and an oxygen audit system to add to the other steps to create storage and production capacity.
While storage hubs are planned across states, there is a proposal to set up production facilities around large cities such as Delhi and Mumbai to meet nearly half their oxygen requirement.
In addition, steps are planned to ensure that cylinders and concentrators are available in rural areas too to avoid stress in case of a third wave of Covid-19.

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