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Himachal Pradesh : State government is trying to increase oxygen supply: Chief MinisterState government is trying to increase oxygen supply: Chief Minister

Shimla. Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur while presiding over the meeting to review the status of COVID-19 in the state, said that 1036 additional oxygen concentrators would be provided to the state by the Central Government.

Jai Ram Thakur said that proper supply of oxygen cylinders should be ensured in the state so that there is no shortage of oxygen for the patients. He said that the state government has also requested the Center to increase the oxygen quota for the state by 10 metric tons. He said that the Central Government has already increased the oxygen quota from 15 MT to 30 MT. He said that the state already has 6200 D-Type and 2200 B-Type cylinders to cater to the needs of patients. He said that 250 cylinders have been received by the state from various agencies under CSR.

The Chief Minister said that the State Government is also striving to set up 20 kiloliters of oxygen cryogenic tanks for the state. He said that two such tanks, IGMC Shimla and Dr. Rajendra Prasad will be set up at Government Medical College Tanda. He said that efforts should also be made to provide maximum oxygen cylinders under CSR.

Jai Ram Thakur said that efforts should be made to increase the number of oxygen multiplication facilities in hospitals with a capacity of 200 beds and above in the state. He said that a special campaign should be launched to identify patients with any type of symptoms so that they can be examined quickly and treatment can be provided accordingly. He also felt the need to introduce better mechanisms for COVID-19 management in the state. He said that special awareness campaign should be conducted in rural areas to make people aware of the seriousness of this virus.

The Chief Minister said that a complete plan should be prepared to increase the capacity and reduce the death rate due to the virus. He said that additional facilities should be created, especially in Hamirpur and Una districts. He said that the matter should be taken up with the officials of AIIMS Bilaspur for the treatment of COVID-19 patients.

Health Minister Dr. Rajeev Saizal, Political Advisor to the Chief Minister Trilok Jamwal, Chief Secretary Anil Khachi, Additional Chief Secretary J.C. Sharma, Health Secretary Amitabh Awasthi, Mission Director of NHM Dr. Nipun Jindal, Special Secretary Arindam Chaudhary, Director Health Services Dr. Bb Katoch, Principal IGMC Rajneesh Pathania, Senior Medical Superintendent IGMC Dr. Janak Raj and other senior officials were also present on the occasion.