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Ensure adequate buffer stock of medical oxygen: Centre to states

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Ensure adequate buffer stock of medical oxygen: Centre to states

Ensure Adequate Buffer Stock Of Medical Oxygen: Centre To States
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Ensure adequate buffer stock of medical oxygen: NEW DELHI: Keeping in mind the “substantial rise” in Covid-19 cases in the nation, the Centre on Wednesday wrote to all states and UTs advising them to direct departments concerned to ensure appropriate buffer stock of medical oxygen for a minimum of 2 days and reinvigorate oxygen control spaces.

The Union Health Ministry said the emerging scenario calls for instant measures by states and UTs to ensure optimal accessibility of medical oxygen at all health facilities.

In a letter to states and UTs, Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan stated that personal health centers offering oxygen therapy services may be examined and their medical oxygen infrastructure capacities require to be explored.
A possible technique and mechanism to utilize the economic sector in times of peak of demand can be explored, he advised.

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Bhushan detailed that LMO tanks at the health centers must be sufficiently filled and continuous supply chain for their refilling ought to be ensured.

Stating that health facilities throughout the nation have actually been reinforced with PSA plants, he stressed that it is necessary to guarantee that these PSA plants are kept completely functional.

“All steps need to be taken for the appropriate maintenance and maintenance of such plants,” Bhushan said.
“All health facilities supplying in-patient care and oxygen treatment ought to have buffer stock of medical oxygen sufficient for at least 48 hrs,” he said.

Bhushan stated all the health facilities must have adequate inventory of oxygen cylinders together with back-up stocks and robust refilling systems. It needs to likewise be made sure that these cylinders are filled and kept ready.

“All districts need to guarantee that oxygen concentrators provided to them are fully practical. Their proper up keep and upkeep require to be ensured,” he stated.

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All higher-level health facilities should have life support devices consisting of ventilators, BiPAP, SpO2 systems and associated consumables in enough numbers to react to the emerging requirements.

All infection prevention procedures should be adopted while using the oxygen delivery devices and equipment at all the health centers, he stated.

Bhushan asked states and UTs to guarantee optimal use of all oxygen delivery equipment and devices, and release of sufficiently trained HR at all facilities.

As encouraged, training of center sensible oxygen stewards ought to be completed within the next couple of days.

The Health Ministry in addition to Ministry of Skill Advancement & & Entrepreneurship has actually organised 10 hours training for operators of PSA plants for everyday operation, 40 hours training of Master Trainers and 180 hours training of problem shooting of PSA to a significant number of individuals in all States.

The oxygen control rooms must be revitalized at state and UT level for timely resolutions of oxygen related issues and difficulties, Bhushan specified.

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All the states have actually been asked to make sure on boarding of all healthcare centers making use of oxygen to ODAS digital platform, directly or through State API’s, the letter stated.

Published at Wed, 12 Jan 2022 07:56:45 -0500

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