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BMC asks manufacturers to ensure adequate supply of oxygen in Mumbai hospitals

Moreover, teams appointed by the civic body are to monitor the transportation of oxygen cylinders from the production sites and their distribution to all Covid hospitals and centres.

BMC asks manufacturers to ensure adequate supply of oxygen in Mumbai hospitals
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On Monday, April 19, Mumbai’s civic body, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) asked all oxygen manufacturers and distributors to work on “mission mode” to ensure there is adequate supply in civic and private hospitals of Mumbai.

According to reports, in a review meeting, Municipal Commissioner Iqbal Singh Chahal directed BMC officials to store data regarding oxygen supply and the requirement regarding the same on a Google drive.

Moreover, teams appointed by the civic body are to monitor the transportation of oxygen cylinders from the production sites and their distribution to all Covid hospitals and centres. Furthermore, the BMC plans to monitor the amount of oxygen available every day by the information received on Google drive regularly.

Meanwhile, earlier on Sunday, April 18, several private hospitals and nursing homes in Mumbai experienced severe oxygen shortages. In some hospitals, patients suffering from other diseases were moved elsewhere. The supply of oxygen to the municipal hospitals was reduced by two major manufacturers, Linde and Inox. Moreover, the oxygen production centre of one of these manufacturers was shut down due to technical difficulties.

On the other hand, Maharashtra's Health Minister, on Saturday, April 17, 2020, demanded that the government should allow the transport of oxygen by rail, from other states. Sharing more information regarding the matter, Tope also demanded that pharmaceutical companies in the state should be allowed to manufacture Remdesivir.

To understand the requirements thereby reviewing the status, Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan, on Saturday, April 17, interacted with the health ministers of all the states via a televised system. State Health Minister, Rajesh Tope, presented his ideas and discussed ways of managing issues like shortage of oxygen and Remdesivir, vaccination, and changing properties of the coronavirus.

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