Chandigarh, May 12 (UNI) Terming BJP MP Shawait Malik’s statement for unnecessary delay of setting up oxygen plants in Punjab as ‘shameful’, Punjab Health Minister Balbir Singh Sidhu asked him to instead of playing blame game, he should make pressure on the Central government to soon install oxygen plants in the state.
Mr Sidhu said that there is medical emergency in Punjab and even after repeated appeals of state government to increase the oxygen quota as COVID cases and Case Fatality Rate has rapidly increased day by day, Union Government did not pay any heed to State requirement. He said that only one plant has been installed PSA (1000lpm) at Fridkot and commissioned in March 2021.
In spite of repeated reminders and requests made by Punjab Government, the two plants at GMCH Amritsar and Patiala are yet not installed by the central government.
Mr Sidhu divulged that as desired by the Centre, on October 12, 2020, the demand for PSA plants in three medical colleges (Amritsar, Patiala and Faridkot) was sent on the prescribed format on October 15, 2020 to be installed by Union Government in 1st phase through Central Medical Services Society. He said that on November 2, 2020, Union Government issued the list of 162 PSA plants to be installed in the country which included these three plants in Punjab.
The state sent the site readiness certificates such as shed, platform and genset, etc on December 31, 2020 to the central government duly completing all required works, he said adding that it is unfortunate that so far, only one plant has been installed at Faridkot.
Mr Sidhu said that it is learnt that the vendor for Amritsar and Patiala (Uttam air) hired by Union Government backed out and the contract was awarded to a new vendor Airox on April 17, 2021.
Notably, exercise is being done on war footing to cover all 50 bedded Government hospitals with a PSA plant.
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