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PM Modi reviews availability of medical oxygen, wants over 1500 plants to be fast-tracked

Prime Minister Modi instructed officials to ensure that the 1500 PSA Oxygen plants coming up across the nation plants are made functional at the earliest and work closely with the state governments for the same. 

PM Narendra Modi reviews availability of medical oxygen-VPN
New Delhi, First Published Jul 9, 2021, 1:26 PM IST

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday chaired a high-level meeting to review the augmentation and availability of medical oxygen across the country.

Officials briefed the Prime Minister about the progress on the installation of PSA Oxygen plants across the country. More than 1500 PSA Oxygen plants are coming up across the nation, which includes contributions from PM CARES as well as various ministries & PSUs.

PM Modi instructed the officials to ensure that these plants are made functional and work closely with the state governments for the same. 

He also asked officials to ensure there is adequate training of hospital staff on the operation and maintenance of oxygen plants. He also directed officials to ensure that each district has trained personnel available. 

Officials informed him that there is a training module prepared by experts and they are targeting the training of around 8000 people across the country.

PM also said that we should deploy advanced technology like IoT to track the performance and functioning of these oxygen plants at a local and national level. Officials apprised the PM about a pilot being done using IoT for monitoring the performance of the oxygen plants.

The Prime Minister had on Thursday indicated to the new Council of Ministers that any sort of laxity could seriously impact the Covid-19 fightback.

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The meeting came a day after the Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave the go-ahead to a new scheme 'India COVID-19 Emergency Response & Health System Preparedness Package: Phase-II' worth Rs 23,123 crore for FY 2021-22. 

This scheme is projected to accelerate health system preparedness for immediate responsiveness for early prevention, detection and management, with the focus on health infrastructure development including for Paediatric Care and with measurable outcomes.

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