The Fact News Service
Jalandhar, September 11
In response to the district administration’s calls to make Jalandhar a self-reliant district in terms of oxygen generation, another O2 plant has come up at Gulab Devi Charitable Hospital to cater to Covid-19 patients in the event of a possible third wave.
Divulging the details, Deputy Commissioner Ghanshyam Thori said that a mammoth drive was launched in the district to make it oxygen-independent by setting up maximum oxygen production plants in all healthcare establishments. He added that as a result, a large number of hospitals including government facilities have set up their O2 plants so that they don’t face any kind of crisis during shortage of this life saving gas as it had already happened amid the second wave.
The DC further lauded the efforts of Gulab Devi Hospital’s management for acceding to administration’s appeals by installing its own plant for Covid-19 care facility. He urged remaining healthcare institutes to emulate the move by setting up such plants at their premises. He added that this would not only reduce oxygen demands during the peak period but also make Jalandhar a self-reliant district in terms of oxygen production besides bailing out oxygen generation plants, which had faced soaring oxygen demands during the second wave.
Thori said that installing such plants was a one-time investment aimed at enabling such establishments to be self-reliant in production, which is the need of the hour to combat the third wave. He added that a multipronged strategy was adopted by the administration encompassing installation of oxygen plant at civil hospital, deployment of oxygen concentrators in the Covid Care facilities, setting up a post-Covid recovery ward in the government hospital, and an oxygen concentrator bank for patients requiring oxygen support at home.
Notably, several hospitals including NHS, New Rubi, Shrimann Super Speciality, Tagore, Patel, PIMS, and Capitol hospitals have already set up their plants; three new plants are underway in government hospitals at Nakodar, Basti Guzan and Civil Hospital Jalandhar. This move would go a long way to ensure adequate oxygen availability to tackle any kind of untoward situation, if it arises.