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NEW DELHI: An Empowered 2 Group (EG2) meeting held Thursday to review the availability of essential medical equipment and oxygen during the Covid-19 crisis.
The group ordered the health ministry to identify another 100 hospitals in remote locations to consider a penalty for installing pressure swing adsorption (PSA) plants.
Pressure Swing Adsorption (PSA) plants manufacture oxygen and help hospitals become self-sufficient in their medical oxygen needs, while reducing the burden on the national network for medical oxygen supply.
Additionally, medical oxygen sources and their production capacity have been mapped to match state requirements and an indicative framework has been developed to guide states on medical oxygen sources.
4880 MT, 5619 MT and 6593 MT have been indicated to these 12 states (Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Chhattisgarh, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan) to meet their projected demand from April 20, April 25 and April 30, respectively.
The group also decided to launch a tender for the import of 50,000 MT of medical oxygen.
The Ministry of Health was ordered to finalize the tender and also explore the import sources identified by the MEA missions.

Times of India