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No shortage of oxygen for hospitals in Pune district, delayed arrival of tankers a problem: FDA

Written by Manoj Dattatrye More
| Pune |

September 12, 2020 9:50:06 pm





An common of 350 metric tonne of oxygen for refilling cylinders, and 229 metric tonne liquid oxygen to fill tanks in large hospitals, is produced every single day, mentioned an FDA official. In pic, oxygen cylinders positioned close to the doorway of Bhabha Hospital, Bandra. (Express Photo/Representational)

The oxygen produced in Pune is sufficient to meet the district’s every day demand, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) mentioned on Saturday.

“As of now, there is no shortage of medical oxygen for hospitals in Pune district. We are also catering to oxygen demand from hospitals in neighbouring districts, in western Maharashtra and Marathwada,” S V Pratapwar, assistant commissioner of FDA, advised The Indian Express on Saturday.



An common of 350 metric tonne of oxygen for refilling cylinders, and 229 metric tonne liquid oxygen to fill tanks in large hospitals, is produced every single day, mentioned an FDA official.

Confirming that there isn’t any shortage of medical oxygen for hospitals in Pune, District Civil Surgeon Dr Ashok Nandapurkar mentioned, “Every day, hospitals in Pune collectively require 313 metric tonne of oxygen while an average of 350 metric tonne of oxygen is produced… there is a slight surplus.”

Once the brand new oxygen manufacturing plant in Chakan is useful, a further 100 metric tonne of oxygen can be produced. “This will be a big relief for hospitals…,” mentioned Pratapwar.

Sadashiv Survase, joint director of the Industries Department, mentioned, “The Chakan plant, by a French company, is expected to start around October 9. It has a capacity of producing 200 metric tonne of oxygen. Initially, it will produce 100 metric tonne oxygen…”.

Pratapwar mentioned although the demand, in comparison with August, has elevated by 50 per cent in September, there has not been a scenario up to now when a hospital has demanded oxygen and the FDA has not been in a position to provide it. “If hospitals are likely to run out of medical oxygen, they convey us their demand a day in advance. Therefore, we are in a position to provide them required oxygen…,” Pratapwar mentioned, including that Pune will get between 50-80 metric tonne of oxygen from Raigad additionally.

The downside in Pune district was not about shortage of medical oxygen, however unavailability of tankers that transport oxygen to hospitals, he mentioned. “…The tankers provide oxygen to the entire district and other districts. On some days… tanker arrival is delayed, which hinders timely delivery of oxygen to local hospitals,” mentioned Pratapwar.

Nandapurkar added, “The problem is not about shortage but about supply chain disturbance. If tankers which carry oxygen to other districts are held up for some reasons and arrive late, then it creates a problem of distribution locally.”

However, the central authorities’s latest directive to make sure clean motion of tankers has been useful. “The government has directed that oxygen tankers should be allowed free movement. This has helped in quick movement of oxygen tankers from one district to another,” mentioned Pratapwar.

FDA officers mentioned the state authorities has made it clear that the administration in Pune ought to cater to oxygen wants of not solely this district but additionally of neighbouring districts. “We can’t reserve required oxygen for Pune district and send the remaining to other districts. The government has made it mandatory for us to provide oxygen every day to other districts as well,” mentioned Pratapwar.

Meanwhile, state Health Minister Rajesh Tope on Saturday mentioned each authorities hospital with 200 beds ought to have its personal oxygen plant. “Either we will provide funds for setting up of the oxygen plant or funds can be made available by the respective district administration. But every 200-bed government hospital should have an oxygen plant of its own,” he mentioned.

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