The Union Health Ministry has started the process of importing liquid oxygen as part of its preparations in view of the possibility of increasing cases of Kovid-19 in the winter season. Public sector undertaking HLL Lifecare Limited on Wednesday issued a global tender on behalf of the Ministry of Health for the purchase of one lakh metric tonnes of liquid oxygen.

Official sources said that oxygen is being procured for various hospitals under central and state government. The entire cost of import and then distribution of medical oxygen is estimated to cost Rs 600-700 crore. As of Tuesday, around 3.97 percent of Kovid-19 patients were on oxygen-assisted, 2.46 percent of patients were on ICU beds and oxygen-assisted and 0.40 percent of patients were on ventilator support.

Sources said that before the lockdown was implemented in March in the country, the capacity of oxygen production per day was around 6,400 MT, of which around 1,000 MT per day was used for medical purposes while the rest was used by industries. The country’s daily oxygen production capacity was around 7,000 metric tons on 30 September after the lockdown was lifted. Out of this, about 3,094 MT is being used for Kovid and Non Kovid patients.



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