COVID-19: Amid 2nd wave, 23,375 LPM oxygen added in hospitals

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Govt to further enhance the availability by 34,750 LPM by July

Srinagar: Amid second wave of global pandemic novel coronavirus in Kashmir, the need for the oxygen has risen to higher level, after most of patients were admitted in the hospitals for the life support.

Jammu and Kashmir based news agency did a pre and post research on availability of medical oxygen in the government owned health institutions in Kashmir valley.

The report found that so far the LG led administration in Kashmir have augmented around 23,375 LPM medical oxygen and is further planning to boost the availability of medical oxygen by furthermore 11,375 LPM by the month of July this year, taking the medical oxygen availability to around 34,750 LPM in the valley.

According to the research and official figures available with news agency after the second wave hit the valley, the augmentation of new oxygen generation plants was started on war footing. Four units of 1000 LPM were installed at SMHS hospital taking its total oxygen generating capacity to 5600 LPM, making it valley’s highest oxygen generating hospital, with its earlier capacity of just 1600 LPM only.

The Chest Disease Hospital in Srinagar, which is running on 900 LPM oxygen generation capacity, would be enhanced with 1500 LPM oxygen generation unit, taking the total oxygen generation capacity to 2400 LPM.

In JLNM Hospital a total of 2625 LPM oxygen has been added with earlier capacity of just 300LPM, while as in Super Specialty hospital, which is currently running on 800 LPM oxygen generation would be further enhanced by 1000 LPM, while as in LD hospital, 625 LPM oxygen unit has been installed with earlier stationed oxygen unit of 1300 LPM.

In Bone and Joint hospital a single oxygen generating unit of 625 LPM has been installed with 300 LPM oxygen unit already stationed at the hospital, while as in Kashmir Nursing Home, 1000 LPM has been installed with oxygen generation unit.

In GMC Baramullah, 1000LPM has been added with earlier capacity of 600 LPM, in GMC Anantnag total of 2000 LPM have been added with earlier oxygen availability of 300 LPM, in district hospital Pulwama 1000 LPM oxygen has been added with earlier availability of 300 LPM.

In district Kulgam oxygen unit of 1000 LPM has been added with already stationed 300 LPM nonfunctional oxygen generating unit, in district hospital Shopian oxygen unit of 1000 LPM has been added. In Trauma Centre Bijbehra 500 LPM unit has been added, in district Hospital Ganderbal oxygen unit of 1000 LPM has been added, in Critical Health Centre Chanapora an oxygen unit of 500 LPM has been added while as in critical health centre Kupwara, sub-district hospital Sopore and district hospital Bandipora has got 1000 LPM oxygen generating units each.

According to the Mechanical Engineering Department, a total order of 37 oxygen plants have been placed, of which 21 have been received, and installed. And by the month of July this year, the department is expecting to receive remaining oxygen plants (KNO)

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