Navy to help maintain oxygen plants across state

PHOTO caption AP secretary MT Krishna Babu with steel plant officials.

Vishakapatnam, May 9:

Eastern Naval Command will operate and maintain oxygen plants in all government and teaching hospitals across the state .

The decision was taken at the meeting of Andhra Pradesh secretary MT Krishna Babu with Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief (FOC-in-C) of Eastern Naval Command and Chief Managing Director of Vizag Steel Plant on supply, storage and maintenance of oxygen in the state here on Saturday. It will take the responsibility of fixing leakeges in oxygen plants, condition of plants and precautions to be taken in the plants. Four special teams were formed and each team has management responsibilities in three to four districts. Arrangements are made to airlift these teams to the required locations if necessary. These teams will fix problems in supply of oxygen and solve other problems.

The Navy has agreed to transport 25 cryogenic oxygen cylinders, which are coming to the state from Singapore, Thailand and Malaysia. The Navy officials have agreed to provide special vehicles for transportation of liquid medical oxygen containers and also to supply oxygen concentrators, D- type oxygen cylinders and other medical equipment required for covid treatment. Officials of Eastern Naval Command have agreed to allot 10 oxygen beds along with 60 normal beds for COVID treatment in INS Kalinga hospital. It has agreed to develop infrastructure facilities for 150 bed temporary covid hospital in Kancherapalem of Vishakapatnam district and requested district administration to arrange required doctors and medical staff. The Navy has come forward to provide 200 D-type cylinders.

The steel plant officials informed the state government that only 100 metric tons of oxygen has been producing in two units, which had the capacity of producing 850 metric tons.

Vizag Steel Plant (VSP) has agreed to set up 50 bed hospital with oxygen facility for covid treatment at Gurajada Kalakshetram in Vishakapatnam. The Chief Managing Director of Vizag Steel Plant has said that an additional 150 beds will be arranged in that hospital by May 15. The Steel Plant officials said 250 beds will be available by May 30 and 600 beds will be available by June in that hospital and requested the district administration to ensure required doctors and media staff are available accordingly.

The officials of Eastern Naval Command and Vizag Steel plant thanked the state government for providing 4,000 doses of Covid vaccine to the staff and their family members.

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