The first meeting of the working group designated by the SC is held to expedite the supply of medical oxygen | India News
NEW DELHI: The first meeting of the 12-member National Task Force established by the Supreme Court to ensure the delivery of medical oxygen throughout the country in an agile manner, it was carried out on Sunday, sources said.
Members of the National Task Force include Bhabatosh Biswas, former Vice Chancellor, West Bengal University of Health Sciences, Kolkata; Devender Singh Rana, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, Delhi; Devi Prasad Shetty, President and CEO of Narayana Healthcare in Bengaluru; Gagandeep Kang, Professor, Christian Medical College (CMC), Vellore en Tamil nadu, among others.
Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan and Union Secretary (MoRTH) Giridhar Aramane were also present at the meeting, the sources said.
According to the Supreme Court’s instructions, few experts can be co-opted into the team.
Accordingly, VK Paul, Member (Health), NITI Aayog; Randeep Guleria, Director AIIMS, New Delhi; Balram Bhargava, DG ICMR and Secretary (DHR); Y Sunil kumar, DGHS, Ministry of Health, were present as special guests at the meeting.
All members of the National Task Force praised the large amount of work done by various ministries and departments of Government of India in increasing oxygen production capacities, as well as ensuring its efficient distribution, the sources said.
Members also provided specific suggestions to further increase oxygen production and availability, management of the demand side of medical oxygen, and parameters on which individual healthcare facilities could ensure economy in the use of medical oxygen, they said. .
The National Working Group decided to continue its deliberations to arrive at specific recommendations.
The Supreme Court had formed the 12-member National Task Force of the best medical experts to formulate a methodology for the allocation of oxygen to the states and territories of the Union to save the lives of Covid-19 patients and facilitate a health response. public to the pandemic.