No deaths due to lack of oxygen were specifically reported by states and UTs during the second COVID-19 wave, the government informed RajyaSabha.
But there was an unprecedented surge in demand for medical oxygen during the second wave and it peaked at nearly 9000 MT compared to 3095 MT in the first wave following which the Centre had to step in to facilitate equitable distribution among the states, it said.
Responding to a question on whether a large number of COVID-19 patients died on roads and hospitals due to acute shortage of oxygen in the second wave, Minister of State for Health Bharati Praveen Pawar noted that health is a state subject and states and UTs regularly report the number of cases and deaths to the Centre.
“Detailed guidelines for reporting of deaths have been issued by the Union Health Ministry to all states and UTs.
“Accordingly, all states and UTs report cases and deaths to the Union Health Ministry on a regular basis. However, no deaths due to lack of oxygen have been specifically reported by states and UTs,” Pawar said in a written reply.
“However, due to unprecedented surge in demand of medical oxygen during the second wave the demand in the country peaked to nearly 9000 MT as compared to 3095 MT during the first wave the central government had to step in to facilitate equitable distribution to the states.
The first allocation order was issued on 15th April 2021 and revised from time to time, based on the trends of active cases and supply position. A total allocation of 10,250 MT has been done to 26 high burden states as on May 28, 2021, the reply said.
There has been enhancement of liquid medical oxygen (LMO) production from 5700 MTs in August 2020 to 9690 MTs in May 2021, restrictions on industrial use of oxygen; and augmentation of availability of containers.
Also, online digital solutions viz. Oxygen Demand Aggregation system (ODAS) and Oxygen Digital Tracking System (ODTS) have been developed to ascertain the demand for medical oxygen from all medical facilities and to track their transportation.
Further, to avoid wastage of medical oxygen, guidelines on rational use of oxygen were issued on 25th September 2020. These were further revised and disseminated to States on 25th April 2021.
The states were also provided with oxygen equipment such as oxygen cylinders, concentrators and Pressure Swing Adsorption (PSA) oxygen generation plants. A total of 4,02,517 oxygen cylinders have been procured or are being procured and distributed to the states.
As many as 1,222 PSA Oxygen generation plants have been sanctioned. Out of these, as on 15th July 2021, 237 plants have been commissioned.
Apart from this, 295 PSA plants are being installed by different ministries, the minister said.
States have also been asked to prepare state-level oxygen generation plants.
To increase the storage capacity of liquid medical oxygen in the states, under the emergency COVID Package-Part-II, 1050 Liquid Medical Oxygen Tanks along with MGPS at a cost of Rs. 80 Lakh each have been approved.
UP Based 18-year-old Dies of Electrocution in Jammu
An 18-year-old youth died of electrocution after he came in contact with a live wire in Jammu. The child Mohit Sharma was a resident of Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh and was working as a daily wager in HSP for the past 20-25 days. HSP is replacing Municipality Street Lights in Jammu.
The family members alleged that the contractor lied to us that the main power switch was down and we should start the work. The concerned supervisor was absconding from the site. They also complained that the police were not ready to register the case and proceed with the investigation.
An onsite engineer said the company is ready to compensate for the youth’s death and will meet the demands of the family.
India’s Top Car Manufacturing Company is Calling Job Applications for ITI Passouts, Apply Early
Maruti Suzuki India, under the Mission Youth initiative, is inviting applications for ITI Passouts. The candidates applying for the job must be an ITI pass out with a valid diploma, and their age must be between 18-26 years.
The last date for applying is 30 September 2021 at 12:00 AM. Any entry beyond this date and time will not be considered under any circumstances.
Candidates applying for the job has to undergo an online test(Technical, Aptitude & Behavioural) followed by a personal interview. After clearing the test and the interview, the candidates will be eligible to work with the company.
Applying Link – https://visionjobs.in/jobseeker/VITW.aspx
How to register –
● Click on Proceed Button & Provide Primary Mobile Number.
● Validate Mobile Number with the OTP sent to you on Mobile No.
● Fill in your relevant details and preferences.
Old aged drivers to write ‘E’ on their vehicles
A big news for the old aged drivers as the Government has appealed them to write ‘E’ letter on their vehicles.
Keeping the traffic conditions and increase in accidents in consideration, the old aged people driving a vehicle will now write ‘E’ letter denoting elder on their vehicle.
This sign will alert the youth while driving on the road and make them careful when around the ‘E’ signed vehicles.
Talab Tillo District Traffic Inspector (DTI) Rakesh Kumar said that the ‘E’ sign on vehicles with drivers above age 60 will avoid unnecessary honking near them.
He further said that the new rule would be beneficial to the elders as they would easily get side on the road and the Traffic Police is encouraging them to follow the new rule.
Muskan Langoo, Content writer, JK Media
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