Ensure Optimal Availability of Medical Oxygen in Healthcare Facilities, Central Government Tells States | The Weather Channel – Articles from The Weather Channel
The Center on Wednesday called on all states and UTs to ensure optimal availability of medical oxygen at all affected healthcare facilities.
“Aware of the importance of medical oxygen during the pandemic, the Government of India has proactively and consistently supported all states and UTs in strengthening health systems with regard to medical oxygen infrastructure,” the Department of Health said in a letter to all states and UT. .
Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan in the letter to Chief Secretaries of all States and UT said all health facilities providing inpatient care and oxygen therapy should have stock sufficient medical oxygen buffer for at least 48 hours. Tanks of liquid medical oxygen in healthcare facilities must be sufficiently filled and an uninterrupted supply chain for their refilling must be ensured.
“It is important to ensure that these PSA plants remain fully functional. All measures must be taken for the proper servicing and maintenance of these plants,” the letter said.
All healthcare facilities should have an adequate inventory of oxygen cylinders as well as backup stocks and robust filling systems. It should also be ensured that these cylinders are filled and kept ready with a sufficient number of oxygen concentrators. All districts should ensure that the oxygen concentrators provided to them are fully functional.
The Center has requested to equip all higher level health facilities with life support equipment including ventilators, BiPAP, SpO2 systems and related consumables in sufficient numbers.
For optimal use of all oxygen delivery equipment and devices, States should deploy adequately trained human resources at all facilities. Private health facilities providing oxygen therapy services can be assessed and their medical oxygen infrastructure capabilities should be explored. Oxygen control rooms should be reinvigorated at the state and UT levels for prompt resolutions to oxygen issues and challenges, the letter to the states states.
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