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Centre asks states to set up Panels ensure Oxygens in Hospitals
Centre asks states to set up Panels ensure Oxygens in Hospitals

NEW DELHI, April 24 (TIWN): Holding a meeting on Covid-19 situation with Chief Ministers of 11 states and Union Territories that reported the maximum number of cases recently, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday urged the states to set up a high-level coordination committee to carry oxygen to different hospitals of the state.

This Coordination Committee should ensure that as soon as there is allotment of oxygen from the Centre, it can deliver oxygen as per requirement in different hospitals of the state immediately.  The PM said that every state should ensure that no oxygen tanker, meant for any state, is stopped or stranded. The PM called for working together to fight the pandemic with collective power and urged states to coordinate with one another to fulfil the requirements of medicines and oxygen.

PM Modi also urged the administration to inform people continuously so they do not indulge in panic buying. He asked states to check hoarding and black marketing of oxygen and medicines.  With a number of states pressing the panic button on oxygen supply, PM Modi said there is a continuous effort to increase oxygen supply and all the concerned departments and ministries of the government are also working together. Industrial oxygen has also been diverted to meet immediate requirements. 

He said the Centre is working on all possible options to reduce the travel time and turnaround time of oxygen tankers. For this, Railways has started Oxygen Express. Air Force has pitched in to transport Empty Oxygen tankers to reduce travel time.

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