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PM Care Funds: 551 oxygen generation plants to be set up in all district hospitals

New Delhi: With an aim to ensure uninterrupted supply of oxygen in hospitals at district head-quarters, the PM CARES Fund has given in-principle approval for allocation of funds for installation of 551 dedicated Pressure Swing Adsorption (PSA) Medical Oxygen Generation Plants inside public health facilities in the country, an official in the Prime Minister officice said here on Sunday.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has recently directed that these plants should be made functional as soon as possible as these units will serve as a major boost to oxygen availability at the district level.

These dedicated plants will be established in identified Government hospitals in district headquarters in various States/UTs. The procurement will be done through Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the PMO said in a statement.

The PM CARES Fund had earlier this year allocated Rs 201.58 crores for installation of additional 162 dedicated PSA Medical Oxygen Generation Plants inside public health facilities in the country.

Noting that the setting up the PSA Oxygen Generation Plants at Government hospitals in all district headquarters will strengthen the public health system and ensure that each of these hospitals has a captive oxygen generation facility, these in-house captive oxygen generation facility would address the day to day medical oxygen needs of these hospitals and the district.

“Such a system will go a long way in ensuring that Government hospitals in the districts do not face sudden disruption of oxygen supplies and have access to adequate uninterrupted oxygen supply to manage the COVID-19 patients and other patients needing such support”, the PMO statement read further.

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