Punjab, Haryana, Himachal and Uttrakhand to get 1st installment of supplies from abroad

India has received thousands of tonnes of medical supplies including oxygen generation units, cylinders, concentrators, cryogenic tankers, separators, ventilators, face masks etc., from different countries around the world . In the list of countries who help India are United States, Russia, Germany, France, Italy, Romania, Belgium, Uzbekistan, the United Kingdom, Kuwait, Bahrain, UAE, Thailand, and Taiwan among others.

The Central Govt. has started allocating these medical equipments received from foreign countries with States like Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand as beneficiary states in their first batch.

In a May 3 letter to different states and UTs, the Centre Government said Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand have been allocated oxygen concentrators, oxygen cylinders and pulse oximeters to meet the shortfall of critical medical equipment and supplies to treat Covid-19 patients.

Haryana has received a total of 95 oxygen concentrators in the first instalment. A top government official said that 35 of the 150 concentrators donated by Taiwan would arrive at a Gurugram warehouse on Tuesday.

The remaining 60 oxygen concentrators for Haryana will be sourced from Kuwaiti equipment. The exact date of their arrival is unknown at this time.

Punjab will also receive 50 of the 150 oxygen concentrators donated by Taiwan, according to the Centre. Taiwan also donated 500 oxygen cylinders, with 185 going to Himachal Pradesh and 300 to Uttrakhand.

According to a letter from the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Himachal will also get an additional 282 oxygen cylinders donated by Kuwait.

Haryana has also been allotted 113 pulse oximeters [received from abroad?] that will be dispatched to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Jhajjar, according to a state official.

Thousands of tonnes of medical supplies have arrived in India from countries such as the United States, Russia, Germany, France, Italy, Romania, Belgium, Uzbekistan, the United Kingdom, Kuwait, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, Thailand, and Taiwan, to name a handful.

If they obtain the medical equipment, Haryana government officials said they would begin allocating it to various hospitals in order of priority. A severe shortage of medical oxygen for Covid-19 patients has caused a major crisis in Haryana hospitals. The state received 162 MT of medical oxygen from the federal government at the start of the crisis last month, which had to be rapidly updated to 257 MT last week; however, the state government has now requested 300 MT of life-saving gas from the federal government to satisfy the ever-increasing demand.

Following the recent deaths of several Covid patients due to a lack of oxygen in private hospitals, Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar has been visiting each district hospital to assess oxygen availability.

The state government has also organised district-level teams of officials to track and ensure that all hospitals, public and private, have an uninterrupted supply of oxygen.

Meanwhile, state health minister Anil VIj announced on Tuesday that all hospitals with 50 or more beds in the state must have their own oxygen generation facility. He explained that he made the choice after knowing from the Covid-19 encounter.

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