Centre asks states to make rational use of medical oxygen, ensure no wastage


PTI, Apr 15, 2021, 12:15 PM IST

New Delhi: The Centre on Thursday asked states to make rational use of medical oxygen and ensure there is no wastage while stressing that there is sufficient stock of oxygen in the country.

Medical oxygen is a critical component in the treatment of COVID-19 affected patients. An inter-ministerial Empowered Group (EG2) of officers was constituted during the COVID pandemic in March 2020 to ensure the availability of essential medical equipment including medical oxygen to the affected states, the Union health ministry said.

“Along with the ramped up production of the oxygen manufacturing units and the surplus stocks available, the present availability of oxygen is sufficient,” the ministry said, adding that the country is producing oxygen at its full capacity every day for the last two days.

Besides, states have been asked to set up control rooms to ensure a smooth supply of oxygen to the districts according to need, review requirements of cylinders, tankers, etc. the ministry said in a statement.

Detailed daily mapping of sources for supply of medical oxygen to the affected states is under preparation to ensure uninterrupted oxygen supply, it said.

The exercise will be carried out on the basis of detailed daily deliberations between officers of the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade, health ministry, steel ministry, various critically affected states, Petroleum and Explosives Safety Organisation, along with key stakeholders including representatives from oxygen manufacturers, All India Industrial Gas Manufacturers Association according to the directions of the inter-ministerial Empowered Group (EG2), it added.

“It is pertinent to note that there is sufficient production capacity of around 7127 MTs for oxygen in the country, and as per need, the surplus oxygen available with the steel plants is also being utilized,” the ministry said.

“The country has a daily production capacity of 7127 MT of oxygen per day. Against this, the total production has been 100 percent since the past two days, as directed by the EG2, since supply to medical oxygen has gone up rapidly,” the ministry added.

On April 12, the medical oxygen consumption in the country was 3842 MTs, which is 54 percent of the daily production capacity.

The maximum consumption of medical oxygen is by Maharashtra, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Delhi, followed by Chhattisgarh, Punjab, Rajasthan, the ministry stated.

With increasing cases, the medical oxygen consumption will need to keep pace with the requirements of the states. For this, the current oxygen stocks of the country, including the industrial oxygen stocks with the manufacturing plants, is more than 50,000 MTs, the ministry said.

The EG2 has initiated several measures to ensure the supply of medical oxygen to various affected states, it said. Some of the key measures include increasing oxygen production according to the production capacity of each oxygen manufacturing plant which has resulted in 100 percent production in the oxygen manufacturing units, ramping up the availability of oxygen in the country, it said.

The measures also include utilizing surplus stocks available with steel plants and mapping requirements of top states with oxygen sources, including with sources across the state borders and those available at steel plants, for greater clarity and assurance for the states on the oxygen sourcing, the ministry said.

Thus, Maharashtra has been able to utilize surplus medical oxygen on daily basis from steel plants like JSW in Dolvi (Maharashtra), SAIL in Bhilai (Chhattisgarh), and from JSW in Bellary (Karnataka). Similarly, Madhya Pradesh is able to supplement its oxygen supply from the Steel plant in Bhilai (Chhattisgarh), the ministry said.

According to the ministry, the challenge at present is to move oxygen from states with less necessity to those with increased necessity. Mapping of surplus sources with states that have a greater need for oxygen is being finalized in consultation with the manufacturers, states, and other stakeholders, it said.

This has been undertaken through coordinated planning between the Union and state governments to map their requirements up to April 30 with the available sources and stocks of oxygen in the country, the ministry said.

A subgroup has been formed under the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways with the Ministry of Railways and transport departments of states to facilitate the movement of tankers for Liquid Medical Oxygen (LMO). Moving of oxygen tankers by rail is also being actively worked out, it said.

Some of the key decisions taken in the context of seamless movement of oxygen tankers include orders given by PESO (Petroleum and Safety Organisation) for conversion of argon and nitrogen tankers for use as oxygen tankers; thereby the fleet available for transportation of tankers has been enhanced, and free movement of oxygen tankers inter-state has been facilitated through MoRTH without registration in the other states, it said.

Further, industrial cylinders have been permitted to be used for transporting medical oxygen after due purging, and placing of orders for the purchase of another one lakh oxygen cylinders by the health ministry is also being undertaken, it said.

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