Gurugram: Hospitals asked to share oxygen demand data

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As part of the preparation of the district oxygen plan, the oxygen management committee on Saturday asked all Covid-19 hospitals to provide details such as the number of beds, their oxygen needs and the manifolds from which they obtain the life-saving gas. Officials said this will help them estimate the amount of oxygen the district will need and, accordingly, increase supplies to ensure there is no shortage of liquid medical oxygen (LMO ) are.

According to the health department, there are 105 Covid 19 hospitals and health centers in the district.

On January 5, Gurugram Deputy Commissioner Yash Garg formed a five-member oxygen management committee comprised of the Municipal Corporation of Gurugram (MCG) and district administration officials to develop a district oxygen plan containing key information such as the county’s average oxygen needs , individual needs of the hospitals and current availability.

“On Saturday we distributed an online document to all Covid-19 hospitals in the district to receive information about the number of Covid-19 beds, their oxygen needs and the distributor from which they get oxygen. We want up-to-date data in order to have a rough estimate that we can use to prepare and ensure the district is prepared for any kind of situation, ”said Vishram Kumar Meena, additional deputy commissioner who is also one of the five members of the committee.

Meena said the oxygen schedule hasn’t been updated since June last year.

According to officials, the city’s daily oxygen demand was up to 60 tons during the second wave of Covid-19 from April to May last year, and currently the oxygen demand is less than six tons per day.

According to the district administration, 11 oxygen systems were built in state health centers and hospitals after the second Covid-19 wave, which can cumulatively produce around 4,150 liters of oxygen per minute.

“So far, the committee has identified seven oxygen refueling stations in Gurugram alone, in addition to those in Faridabad, Bhiwadi and Panipat, which also supply hospitals in Gurugram with oxygen. We are in the process of identifying more such filling stations. The existing oxygen supply is higher than the city’s peak demand during the second Covid-19 wave, ”said Siddharth Khandelwal, deputy urban planner, MCG and another member of the committee.

On Saturday, committee members inspected four oxygen refueling stations in Manesar to take stock of the existing oxygen supply and examine ways in which it can be expanded. They also held a meeting with the five authorized oxygen cylinder dealers in the city.

“We have conveyed to the retailers that we will not disrupt their supply system in any way, but will only help them with the rationalization and organized supply of the bottles. A data exchange is carried out for this, ”said Meena.


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