Karnataka gets new oxygen concentrators – none from Union govt

Karnataka Chief Secretary Ravi Kumar advised TNM they haven’t obtained something from the Union authorities to date.

Karnataka, one of many worst affected states by the second wave of coronavirus infections, faces an absence of liquid oxygen provide, even resulting in deaths in hospitals within the state. In an interview to TNM, Karnataka Chief Secretary  P Ravi Kumar advised TNM that the state authorities has bought 400 oxygen concentrators to assist through the disaster, and is anticipating one other 600 that they’ve bought.

Chief Secretary P Ravi Kumar advised TNM that Karnataka urgently requires extra liquid oxygen urgently, and the federal government even wrote to the Union authorities final week to speak this. 

“The medical oxygen allotted earlier to us was 300 tonnes per day, it was elevated to 865 tonnes. However we are going to want 1792 tonnes per day, and we’ve knowledgeable the Union authorities,” the chief secretary advised TNM.

Ravi Kumar stated 400 concentrators have been donated, and the Confederation of Indian Business has dedicated to donating 600 oxygen concentrators to Karnataka. Equally, Xiaomi has introduced that will probably be spending over Rs three crore to donate oxygen concentrators to hospitals within the worst affected states, together with Karnataka. 

Nonetheless, as Scroll reported on Monday, whereas grants have been touchdown within the nation, state governments had not obtained them. In accordance with Scroll, in 25 days, the nation has acquired 5,500 oxygen concentrators and three,200 oxygen cylinders, amongst different issues.

Nonetheless, the report provides that six state governments have no idea if they’re receiving any of the help, and when they are going to be receiving it. 

“No home flights have taken off to hold the provides to different components of India, nor have states been knowledgeable about their share by the Centre,” the report states.

In accordance with India In the present day, medical provides from overseas international locations started arriving from April 25, however the Centre solely shaped an SOP and notified the process. on how it could distribute this help solely on Could 2 — a full week later.

Hours after Scroll’s report, the Ministry of Well being and Household Welfare claimed {that a} “streamlined and systematic mechanism for allocation of the help provides” has been put in place to distribute the fabric it has obtained. The federal government stated that Karnataka was one of many states to obtain help or that it has been dispatched, however didn’t point out particulars for any states.

The federal government stated the allocations are achieved “protecting in thoughts equitable distribution and the load on tertiary well being care amenities.” This was for states which have AIIMS and different central establishments. 

Grant-in-aid, the federal government stated, must be “optimally utilised” by allocating to states with a excessive variety of lively circumstances, because the grant is restricted. It additionally stated there’s particular give attention to states thought-about as medical hubs of the area, which have a affected person in-flow from neighbouring states/cities. By each these metrics, Karnataka qualifies for help. 

It additionally stated that one other facet that was thought-about is the necessities of excessive burden states with respect to the variety of individuals admitted in hospitals in addition to prior distribution achieved from assets from the federal government. Karnataka qualifies by this metric as effectively, with a extreme scarcity of beds. 

“24 completely different classes of things numbering almost 40 lakhs have been distributed to 86 Establishments in numerous States,” it provides. This consists of machines equivalent to oxygen concentrators, oxygen cylinders, PSA Oxygen Crops and pulse oximeters. Nonetheless on this record too, no institutes in Karnataka have been talked about.

Learn: ‘We do not have sufficient medical oxygen, want extra’: Karnataka Chief Secretary to TNM

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