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Sufficient medical oxygen available: Health Ministry

Health Ministry has augmented infrastructure for medical oxygen production and availability, ensured uninterrupted supply, did coordination with State governments, says Rajesh Bhushan.

The oxygen production capacity enhanced from 5,913 MT in April to 6,862 MT in Sept, it will go up to 7,191 MT by October end.

In April 2020, there were 57,924 oxygen supported beds, 23,815 ICU beds and 11,993 ventilator beds. On October 19, there were over 2.65 lakh oxygen supported beds, 77,136 ICU beds and 39,527 ventilator beds.

On Sept 1 a total of 43,022 cases required oxygen support (ICU, Ventilator & O2 supported beds), it increased to over 75,000 on Sept. 25, then it started declining and now 57,357 patients on oxygen support. Although there has been a decline, but compared to the data as on Sept 1, it is still high.

Central teams have been sent to seven States, including Karnataka, Kerala, Rajasthan, WB, Chhattisgarh, Bihar and Ladakh, says Health Ministry spokesperson.  – The Hindu

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