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Government to airlift 23 oxygen generating plants from Germany.

by NPT-Editorial

With several covid hit states reeling under an acute shortage of medical oxygen, the government has boosted effort to ensure the supply of crucial gas.

On Friday, The Defence Ministry said, it will airlift 23 mobile oxygen generating plants from Germany to India on the high demands of the hospitals. Each plant has a capacity to produce 40l liters of oxygen per minute and 2,400 Litres per hour.

Bharat Bhushan Babu, principal spokesperson in the defense ministry said; the plant will be deployed in the Armed Forces Medical Services hospital treating covid 19 patients.

Indian Air Force has been told to keep its transport aircraft to bring the oxygen plant from Germany once required paper works are completed.

In the view of pandemic, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh announced to other defence agencies to form necessary procurement to reinforce the medical infrastructure.

The advantage of those plants is that they’re easily portable.

The DRDO is among the organization that’s at the forefront of fighting the second deadly wave of the covid 19 that has ripped through the country. They set up a 500-bed hospital in Delhi. In addition, 450 beds in Lucknow and 750 beds in Varanasi are expected to be functional soon. A sixth covid hospital is being readied in Bihar’s Muzaffarpur.

The DRDO has also steeped in to address the oxygen crisis under the second wave of the disease. It has transferred oxygen generation technology to the industry, which has started providing oxygen plants to state governments and hospitals. The Uttar Pradesh government has ordered five plants from Coimbatore-based Trident Pneumatics.

The technology transferred to the industry is predicated on the onboard oxygen generation technology for Tejas light combat aircraft. They are making arrangement to buy oxygen plants for the production and supply of oxygen cylinders.

The Armed Forces and other wings of the defense ministry play an important role in the fight against covid 19 as India is struggling with the second wave of coronavirus infection and hospitals in several states are under shortage of medical oxygen and beds in the view of rising COVID19 cases. India recorded a one-day tally of 3.32 lakh new coronavirus cases and 2,263 new fatalities, according to the official data released today.

The country witnessed an unprecedented number of covid 19 infections, the Armed Forces have deployed their men, equipment, and facilities to assist the civilian administration.

IAF aircraft as well as Army’s railway wagons have also been pressed into service to ferry oxygen tankers and oxygen cylinders along with other essential items to various parts of the nation. Military medical facilities also are hospitable treating civilian patients.

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