|  |  | 

India Top Headlines

Air transport of oxygen, administer appropriate vaccines, allow remdesivir imports: Maha CM Thackeray to PM Modi | India News


MUMBAI: Maharashtra Prime Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Friday demanded additional medical oxygen for the state, an adequate supply of vaccines and permission to import remdesivir to address the increase in Covid-19 cases.
Speaking at a virtual meeting held by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, he also demanded that oxygen be carried by air if possible, an official statement here said.
Maharashtra requires 1,550 metric tons of medical oxygen to treat coronavirus patients every day and 300 to 350 metric tons are sourced from abroad, he said.
Instead of distant states, if supply could be arranged from neighboring states, it would be available early, he said, according to the statement.
Empty oxygen tankers should be flown back to recharging plants to save transportation time if it were not possible to transport oxygen by air, Thackeray said. State Health Minister Rajesh Tope later told reporters that the demand to fly back the empty tanker trucks was accepted.
More than 60,000 patients in the state are receiving oxygen, while there are 76,300 oxygen beds and more than 25,000 additional oxygen beds are being arranged, the CM reported.
Given its requirement, Maharashtra should receive 250 to 300 metric tons of additional oxygen, Thackeray said.
Speaking about the shortage of remdesivir, he said: “It is not known how effective remdesivir is, but it surely reduces the period of hospitalization.”
“The state should be supplied with remdesivir based on the number of patients it has,” he said.
Maharashtra needs 70,000 vials of temdesivir every day, but only gets 27,000 and should be allowed to import the drug, he said.
Maharashtra has around 5 lakh of vaccine doses in stock as of now, it reported.
“Maharashtra has 5.71 crore people in the 18 to 44 age group. We will need 12 crore doses. Our vaccine manufacturers will not be able to produce the required doses in a short time. The business sector must also have permission to buy vaccines in their obligation of Corporate Social Responsibility ”, he said.
The Center should provide 13,000 jumbo oxygen cylinders and 1,100 ventilators to Maharashtra, he said.
Modi had said that the blockade should be the last resort, but Maharashtra sadly had to impose strict restrictions, the prime minister said.
“We are making sure that the economic cycle is not hampered while the state is in a strict lockdown,” he added.
He expressed his confidence that Maharashtra will be able to contain the pandemic.
Retired doctors, nurses and medical students are being recruited to deal with the pandemic and facilities such as telemedicine and “tele-ICU” are being used to ensure patients receive immediate treatment, he said.
He also emphasized the need to study the ‘double mutation’ in the virus that has been found in the country to formulate the correct approach to deal with the current increase in infections.

Times of India