J&K Has Adequate Oxygen Available: Govt

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Srinagar: Asserting that the entire government machinery was all set to combat the serious challenge caused by second wave of Covid-19 pandemic, the Jammu and Kashmir administration said on Tuesday that adequate buffer stock of oxygen cylinders was available and not a single patient shall die for want of oxygen in the Union Territory.

The assurances about sufficient oxygen stock was made by Principal Secretary, Industries and Commerce, Rajan Prakash Thakur while taking stock of oxygen concentration centres, buffer stock of oxygen cylinders and availability of beds for Covid-19 patients at SK Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS), Soura, here on Tuesday.

“Adequate buffer stock of oxygen cylinders is available and people need not to panic. Not a single patient shall die for want of Oxygen in J&K,” Thakur said, as per the official spokesperson.

He further said that the Principal Secretary maintained that there was no shortage of oxygen at this point. He stated that sufficient beds are available for everyone who is ill with Covid-19.

‘We are ramping production for future demand and emergency. The administration has taken decision to divert oxygen from all non-medical uses to medical use in view of prevailing situation to ensure its abundant availability in all hospitals,” he said, as per the official spokesperson.

He further said that the Principal Secretary also requested people to follow Covid SOPs in letter and spirit, maintain physical distance, and wear masks and not to go out without any necessary work. He also stressed on SKIMS administration to gear up entire machinery on war footing basis.

According to the official spokesperson, Thakur inspected various sections including ICU, Neuro Surgical unit, Intensive Cardiac Care unit, Department of Dietetics and Therapeutics, Central Sterile Supplies Department, Oxygen Concentrator Plant and other sections during his visit.

Director SKIMS, A G Ahangar, said the institution has reserved 260 beds for Covid patients and 156 Covid patients are presently admitted in the hospital. He informed that the current consumption rate of oxygen at the institute is 3.93 lakhs litre per hour and additional required amount of oxygen is 1.5 lakh per hour, the official spokesperson said.

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