Following a surge in COVID-19 cases being reported everyday post the festive season, the Gujarat government has instructed oxygen production units to keep 50 per cent of their production for medical use. The order will remain in operation till December 31.
The direction in this regard was issued by the state health department so that oxygen could be easily made available to health facilities tacking COVID-19 cases. A similar notification was issued by the health department on September 10, when the state was grappling with a massive surge in COVID-19 cases.
The department, in its November 26 order, directed oxygen production units to operate at maximum capacity and keep the production uninterrupted. The directions have been issued under the provisions of the Disaster Management Act and Epidemic Diseases Act. The oxygen production units have been given the freedom to divert 50 per cent of the produced oxygen to industries.
The units have also been asked to give priority to supplying oxygen to hospitals as compared to industries, in case the need arises.
Similar direction issued in September
A similar notification issued in September was effective for a month and was not revised as the number of COVID-19 cases at that time came down.
Gujarat Food and Drug Control Administration Commissioner HG Koshiya earlier said the demand for medical oxygen reduced in October as compared to September. The oxygen consumption stood at 135 ton per day in October, compared to 240 tons per day in September, he said.
This happened during the period when the number of COVID-19 cases witnessed a decline in the state.
Surge in COVID-19 cases
Gujarat, in the past few weeks, has witnessed a new surge of COVID-19 cases, which has led to an increase in the use of medical oxygen in hospitals treating such patients.
Gujarat is reporting around 1,600 COVID-19 cases every day, whereas the death count remains around 15.
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