NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday sanctioned the procurement of 1 Lakh Portable Oxygen Concentrators from the PM Cares Fund amid an unprecedented rise in Covid-10 cases.
The decision was taken at a high-level meeting chaired by PM Modi to discuss the measures needed to improve Liquid Medical Oxygen (LMO) Supply for Covid management.
The Prime Minister directed that these Oxygen Concentrators should be procured at the earliest and provided in states with high case burden.
“500 new PSA (Pressure Swing Adsorption) oxygen plants sanctioned under PM CARES Fund, in addition to 713 plants sanctioned earlier,” PMO statement.
“The PSA plants will augment the supply of Liquid Medical Oxygen at hospitals in district headquarters and Tier 2 cities. These 500 PSA plants will be established with transfer of the indigenous technology developed by DRDO and CSIR to the domestic manufacturers,” it added.
India is grappling with the rising number of coronavirus cases and hospitals in several states are reeling under a shortage of medical oxygen and beds.
India saw a record single-day rise of 3,60,960 Covid-19 cases, which pushed the total tally to 1,79,97,267, while the death toll crossed two lakh following 3,293 fresh fatalities, according to Union health ministry data updated on Wednesday.