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Kerala has a reserve of 510 MT of oxygen, considering increasing to 1000 MT: Government | India News

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THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: As many states in the country continue to grapple with oxygen shortages, the Kerala government has said it has a reserve of 510 metric tons of the life-saving gas at post-delivery production centers.
The government is now considering the possibilities of increasing the reserve stock up to 1000 MT to face any adverse situation, authorities said.
In the wake of the number of Covid-19 cases crossing the 30,000 mark in the southern state, Health Minister KK Shailaja called a special high-level meeting on Tuesday to review oxygen availability.
In view of the grim situation, it was decided to establish audit committees at the state, district and hospital levels for the effective use of oxygen available in the state, he said.
“Currently, 220 metric tons (MT) of medical oxygen is available in government hospitals. About 100 MT of oxygen is required for Covid and non-Covid treatments. After distribution, we have about 510 MT of oxygen as Reserve at the production center now, “Shailaja said.
The meeting also discussed the possibilities of increasing the reserve capacity to 1000 MT to combat any type of emergency.
District collectors were informed of oxygen needs based on the treatment facilities being established in their affected districts.
“The meeting also decided to take measures to prevent oxygen leaks in treatment centers and to train officials who handle oxygen cylinders,” the minister said in a statement.
The necessary measures would be taken to provide oxygen tanker trucks, the authorization of ambulances on the highway, according to instructions issued by the central government, the statement added.
Venugopal Nambiar, head of the South India Oxygen, Petroleum and Explosives Safety Organization (PESO), Health Secretary Rajan Khobragade, State Director of the National Health Mission, Rathan Khelkar, district collectors and others participated.
In the highest daily increase so far, Kerala recorded 32,819 cases, including 86 healthcare workers, as active cases soared to more than 2.47 lakh on Tuesday.

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