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16 oxygen crops at 9 hospitals prepared, BMC

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), which is making an attempt to turn into self-sufficient in offering medical oxygen to sufferers, has mentioned that the 16 oxygen era crops at 9 hospitals that can generate 41-42 metric tonnes of oxygen are prepared and might be commissioned if the necessity arises.

As the development of crops was mired in controversy over the delay, BMC mentioned that the contractor will likely be penalised.

“There were some delays in the construction of these plants. But now, all 16 plants are ready. As per our plans to become self-sufficient, more oxygen generation plants are in the pipeline,” mentioned P Velarasu, extra commissioner of BMC who’s in command of the undertaking division.

In addition to the 16 crops, BMC by Corporate Social Responsibility funding has constructed seven PSA (Pressure Swing Adsorption) crops at civic-run Kasturba, Bhabha, Cooper and Nehru Centre in Worli, that collectively generate 6.93 metric tonnes of oxygen.

To be higher ready for a attainable third wave of Covid-19, BMC had deliberate to extend its oxygen manufacturing capability, which was 3.Three metric tonnes a day. The metropolis had simply two crops— HBT Trauma Hospital at Jogeshwari (2.26 MT) and Kasturba Hospital (1.04 MT).

On August 18, the standing committee of the BMC cleared a proposal of organising of 11 oxygen crops at round 10 areas, together with jumbo Covid hospitals within the metropolis. According to the proposal, oxygen crops will likely be arrange in areas resembling Dahisar jumbo centre and BKC jumbo centre at an expenditure of Rs 204 crore.

In the second wave, the town’s each day oxygen demand was round 235 metric tonnes a day. The demand touched 260-270 metric tonnes in April this yr, when over 10,000 sufferers wanted oxygen help. On the night time of April 17, the civic physique needed to shift 168 sufferers from six municipal hospitals to different centres as a result of lack of oxygen provide.

While an increase in each day instances has been registered over the past two weeks, there isn’t a important rise in sufferers requiring hospitalisation. On August 22, 950 sufferers required oxygen help, whereas on September 5 the quantity was 778. In six days, the variety of sufferers who required oxygen help elevated by 20.

As of September 11, 798 sufferers are admitted to oxygenated beds. As per information of September 11, 1,995 sufferers are admitted in Covid care services of whom 798 are on oxygenated beds, 587 on ICU and 409 on ventilator beds.

At current, 200MT of liquid medical oxygen (LMO) comes from suppliers Inox and Linde, who ship to hospitals having 10-13 kilolitre tanks to retailer it. A refilling station can also be arising at Mahalaxmi, the place as much as 100 dura cylinders might be stuffed each day, mentioned BMC.

Meanwhile, for the second day within the row, new Covid-19 instances detected within the metropolis had been under 400. On Sunday, 354 new Covid 19 instances had been detected. However, within the final 24 hours, the bottom variety of checks had been additionally performed within the final 15 days at 29,849. The each day positivity price on Sunday was 1.19 per cent.

On Sunday, seven deaths associated to Covid had been recorded. According to the information, since August 27, each day Covid-19 deaths in Mumbai have been under 5. The Greater India