Oxygen shortage because there are no vehicles to move cylinders: officials
Amaravati, April 23:
Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy on Friday, has announced that the State government will provide free COVID-19 vaccine for all those who are in the age group of 18-45.
Taking part in a high level review meeting on the increase of Covid cases and the distribution of vaccines the Chief Minister directed the officials to place orders for vaccines accordingly, ensuring to meet the requirement of vaccinating around 2,04,70,364 people across the State. Amid rising COVID-19 cases, the government had decided to impose night curfew starting from Saturday (April 24) between 10 pm and 5 am across the State, observing closure of shops, restaurants and public places. He advised the officials to decentralise rythu bazaars like earlier and make them available at ward level.
Further, the Chief Minister instructed the authorities to ramp up the testing at full capacity and make them available for the public. He told the officials to focus on the supply of oxygen and remedisiver medicine ensuring that they don’t reach black market. He also said that complaints have been received about hospitals overcharging patients for Covid treatment, and instructed to take strict action against such practices.
The authorities were asked to ensure that 104 call centres respond to every call and providing the required information including the availability of beds. A Joint Collector would supervise the 104 call centre in each district,
Engineering examinations would be conducted as as per the schedule without causing any inconvenience to students. Tests should be conducted keeping in view the health of the students and in compliance with the Covid rules.
The officials informed the Chief Minister that supply of oxygen is being delayed due to lack of proper transportation. They said only 64 vehicles were alloted for supply of oxygen, but atleast 100 to 120 vehicles were needed to meet the current demand. The officials said 515 metric tons of oxygen was required if all the oxygen beds are occupied in the state and 284 metric tons of oxygen on average was being used in government and private hospitals at present. In this regard, the officials said they requested the Central Government to supply 100 metric tons of oxygen manufactured in RINL , Vizag to the state and also to supply oxygen from Tamilnadu and Karnataka. A total of 21,581 beds are there in 208 COVID hospitals, of which 11,789 beds were occupied and 2,506 people have been admitted in the last 24 hours.
Deputy Chief Minister Alla Krishna Srinivas, Ministers Botsa Satyanarayana, Kurasala Kannababu, Mekathoti Sucharitha, DGP Goutam Sawang, COVID Command Control Special Officer Special Chief Secretary KS Jawahar Reddy, Health Principal Secretary Anil Kumar Singhal, Higher Education Special Chief Secretary Satish Chandra, Transportation Principal Secretary MT Krishna Babu, School Education Principal Secretary Buditi Rajashekar, Health Commissioner Katamaneni Bhaskar and other officials were present in the meeting.
Earlier, the Chief Minister spoke to Barath Biotech MD Krishna Ella and Hetero Drugs MD B. Parthasarathi Reddy over phone and sought to supply COVID Vaccine doses and Remedsiver injections as per the requirement of the state.