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Modi reviews augmentation process of oxygen, its availability across India

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi chairing a meeting to review the augmentation process of medical oxygen and its availability across India, in New Delhi on July 9,2021. Photo: PIB

New Delhi, July 9 (MNN) Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday chaired a meeting to review the augmentation process related to medical oxygen and its availability across the country amid fears of a third wave of coronavirus pandemic.

Officials briefed the Prime Minister about the progress made on setting up of PSA oxygen plants across the country.

More than 1,500 PSA oxygen plants are coming up across the nation, which include those through contribution from PM-CARES and various Ministries and PSUs, the government said.

PSA oxygen plants contributed by PM-CARES are coming up in all states and districts of the country, it added.

Modi was told that once all PSA oxygen plants financed through PM-CARES became functional, they would support more than 4 lakh oxygenated beds across the country.

The Prime Minister instructed the officials to ensure that these plants were made functional at the earliest and to work closely with the state governments in this regard.

The officers also apprised the PM that they were in regular touch with officers of the state governments regarding fast-tracking the oxygen plants.

The PM also directed for adequate training of hospital staff on operation and maintenance of oxygen plants.

He also directed officials to ensure that each district had trained personnel available to handle these plants.

Officials informed him that as per a training module prepared by experts, they were aiming to train around 8,000 people across the country.

Modi said that India should deploy advanced technology like IoT to track performance and functioning of these oxygen plants at local and national levels.

Officials apprised the PM about a pilot project done using IoT for monitoring the performance of the oxygen plants.

The Principal Secretary to PM, Cabinet Secretary, Secretary Health, and other high officials were present in the meeting.

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