To help COVID-19 patients, Karnataka CM BS Yediyurappa on May 11 launched the ‘OxyBus’ initiative. The makeshift buses fitted with piped oxygen supplies can support eight patients at a time. CM Yediyurappa said “20 such units will be set up near Govt Hospitals and Triage Centres in Bengaluru, and more units will be set up across the state." The initiative is to ensure transparency and timely medical help, he added.
The Supreme Court has formed a 12-member national task force to bring transparency in oxygen allocation in the country. The top court dictated they get to work immediately and streamline the supply. Reportedly, the task force will allocate oxygen to the entire country based on the need for availability and distribution. Provisioning to submit its recommendations, the court fixed the initial tenure of task force to six months.
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Amid COVID-ravaged Delhi's deteriorating condition, the Supreme Court on May 7 ordered the Centre to provide 700 metric tonnes of oxygen to Delhi every day until further orders. The court strictly warned the Centre saying, "Please don't drive us to a situation to take coercive steps... We are clarifying that it will be 700 MT every day." A panel has also been constituted to examine oxygen status of every state.
Indian warship INS Airavat on May 5 headed to India with the COVID-19 emergency supplies from Singapore's Changi Naval Base as a part of Operation Samudra Sethu II. The Indian High Commission stated that the shipment consists of 3,650 oxygen cylinders of varying capacities and concentrators. The shipment is also ferrying 8 ISO cryogenic oxygen tanks under a separate commercial agreements between Tata Group, ITC, and Linde Gas.
The Allahabad High Court, hearing a PIL on May 4, said death of COVID patients due to lack of oxygen supply is equal to "genocide". Citing such death reports that have gone viral on social media, the court stated these incidents reflect "harassment" by the district administrations and the police upon the "poor citizens". Meanwhile, the District Magistrates of Meerut and Lucknow are ordered to submit reports on oxygen-deprived patients.
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Under Operation Samudra Sethu II, Navy’s INS Shardul vessel on May 4 set sail to Kuwait to bring medical oxygen containers. Reportedly, Indian Navy has deployed several ships to supplement the ongoing national mission ‘Oxygen Express’. Earlier, under Operation Samudra Sethu, INS Shardul was also used to bring ex-pats stranded in foreign countries during COVID. First of the Shardul class, INS Shardul is designed to carry tanks, trucks and… read-more
Two Delhi-based hospitals Madhukar Rainbow Children's Hospital in Malviya Nagar and Triton Hospital in Kalkaji have sent desperate SOS calls to authorities over their depleting oxygen stocks. Reportedly, with over 100 COVID-19 infected patients at the two hospitals including over a dozen newborns the admitted are battling with oxygen crisis. Triton Hospital said that they are in desperate need of oxygen for their neonatal intensive care unit… read-more
The Delhi HC on May 1 ordered the Central government to supply 490 metric tons of allocated oxygen to Delhi on same day or face contempt. Reportedly, the order came after the death of eight COVID-19 patients at Batra hospital due to oxygen shortage. Declining Centre’s request to defer the order till May 3 the court said "Much water has gone above head. Now we mean business. Enough is enough."
Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) has emerged as the largest medical-grade liquid oxygen producer in the country. RIL’s single manufacturing unit in Jamnagar and other facilities possess daily production capacity of 1,000 metric tonnes (MT) daily i.e., 11% of the total oxygen supply in the country. While the oxygen is being provided for free to several states, RIL has supplied 55,000 MT of oxygen across the country since March 2020.
The Indian embassy in Bhutan on April 27 informed that Bhutan will supply liquid oxygen to India amidst the COVID-19 led oxygen crisis. Terming the assistance as 'uniquely close and friendly' bilateral ties, 40 metric tonnes of liquid oxygen will reach Assam in cryogenic containers daily. Reportedly, the new plant which will supply oxygen received 49% FDI from Assam based Indian company Meghalaya Oxygen Private Limited.