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COVID-19 pandemic: Maharashtra receives First Oxygen Express

The Railways have been transporting essential commodities and kept the supply chain intact even during the lockdown last year.

COVID-19 pandemic: Maharashtra receives First Oxygen Express
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According to reports, the First Oxygen Express has arrived in Maharashtra. Oxygen Express through Ro-Ro service from Visakhapatnam steel plant siding with 7 Liquid Medical Oxygen (LMO) tankers arrived at Nagpur station in Maharashtra at 8.10 pm today.

Moreover, three tankers are reported to be unloaded at Nagpur station and the remaining will be unloaded at Nasik Road station in Maharashtra. Oxygen Express is expected to reach Nashik Road station in the morning tomorrow.

The Railways have been transporting essential commodities and kept the supply chain intact even during the lockdown last year and continue to serve the country in times of emergencies.

In the past couple of weeks, the spike in cases of coronavirus has led to what is now being called a deadlier second wave of the coronavirus pandemic. However, the supply of oxygen has become severely limited due to the sudden jump in demand across cities and towns.

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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