Oxygen Supply Crisis Deepens in Nagpur
Times of India reported that India’s Union minister Mr Nitin Gadkari has advised Nagpur district collector Mr Ravindra Thakare to seek oxygen supply from the steel plants in the region, which has prompted a team from the district administration to plan visits to such places to conduct a feasibility study and collect technical information. Sources from the district administration stated that Mr Gadkari suggested that the oxygen generation and utilization capacities of steel and iron ore plants in Vidarbha and surrounding places must be explored if it could be used for clinical purposes too. It is learnt that Mr Gadkari himself called up a few industrialists and sought their opinion.
Nagpur district has so far managed to meet the oxygen demand by sourcing it from Bhilai and by reducing industrial use. Now, the administration wants to create sustainable stock for the coming days as Covid surge seems to spiralling out of control with more than 63,000 active cases on Wednesday.
Maharashtra task force for Covid has issued guidelines on the rational use of oxygen during the pandemic. It has urged the medical fraternity to postpone routine surgeries and procedures where oxygen is needed. It has also issued instructions to reduce wastage through leakages and also ensure optimum use. The hospitals have been asked for form an oxygen audit committee and also not use high flow nasal oxygen machines.
Meanwhile, the small & medium steel mills in the area, already facing challenge of retaining workforce, are reported to be running quite low on oxygen supplies, without which their production would come to stand still