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Efforts Underway To Revive 2 Dysfunctional Oxygen Manufacturing Units

SRINAGAR: Till the Covid-19 dominates the scene, no medical oxygen can be diverted to any non-bio-medical use, Deputy Commissioner, Srinagar Mohammad Aijaz Asad directed today. He visited various Medical Oxygen Generation Plants including Stealth Oxygen Company, Mian Gas, and JK Gas Company.

A long line of attendants queued up to get an oxygen cylinder in the SMHS premises. The hospital’s in-house oxygen manufacturing is overloaded forcing it to purchase from the industry. KL Image: Bilal Bahadur

While interacting with plant owners the Deputy Commissioner directed them to ensure an uninterrupted supply of Medical Oxygen to the hospitals to fulfill the required demand. The DC also pushed for increased production at the plant level to cater to local needs for oxygen. He said if any diversion of medical oxygen is reported to the non-medical sector serious action will be initiated.

The DC directed the concerned to ensure uninterrupted supply of electricity to these plants

While giving plant-wise details, the DC was informed that at the JK Gas plant at Rengreth, about 1300 bulk oxygen cylinders are being filled per day. Similarly, at Mian Gas plant and Stealth Oxygen Company at Khonmoh Industrial Estate are producing oxygen equivalent to 500 bulk cylinders per day to cater to hospital needs.

The Director of Health Services, Kashmir, Dr Mushtaq Ahmad Rather accompanied the Deputy Commissioner.

The Deputy Commissioner took stock of the functioning and generation capacities of the oxygen plants and directed the Plant establishment to work in a coordinated manner to ensure an adequate chain of Medical Oxygen is generated and transported to hospitals to meet any emergent Covid-19 situation.

Meanwhile, DC asked General Manager District Industries Centre Srinagar to work out the possibility of making two dysfunctional Oxygen generator plants operational.

Earlier, the Deputy Commissioner visited Kashmir Nursing Home and took stock of the pace of work on the 1000 lpm capacity new Medical Oxygen plant. On the occasion, the DC asked MED Xen to finish balance works & make the plant functional in the next 24 hours.

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