Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Thursday inaugurated nine medical oxygen plants in Gujarat. The oxygen plants were set up at government hospitals in different parts of the state with the help of the NGO – Vallabh Youth Organisation. Hospitals in Tilakvada, Sagbara, Ahmedabad (Sola Civil), and Daskroi in Ahmedabad district were the recipients of the same.
Medical facilities in Kalavad, Kapadvanj, Bhanwad, Mehsana, and Porbandar were the other recipients of the oxygen plants. The facility was inaugurated online and Shah during his address thanked the NGO for providing the oxygen plants at these medical facilities.
Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani also attended the virtual function. Shah said the oxygen requirement was on the decline and now the demand stood at 3,500 MT from 10,000 MT per day earlier.
Explaining the efforts put in to address the shortage of oxygen during the second wave, Amit Shah said service trains, defence aircraft were used to transport medical oxygen and cryogenic tankers across the country.
“While 15,000 MT of oxygen was transported through trains, cryogenic tankers for oxygen storage were transported using Army aircraft,” he said. He said 162 PSA oxygen plants were approved under the PM Cares Fund after the first wave of COVID-19 and another 1,051 were approved this year.
Centre also purchased one lakh oxygen concentrators through the PM Cares Fund, he said.
Amit Shah praises Modi’s handling of COVID
During his speech, Amit Shah praised the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi under whom the country he said successfully fought the COVID battle. He said the drop in cases was proof of the same.
Praising India’s vaccination drive he said it was the fastest in the world. Amit Shah said the government was looking to cover the maximum number of people through vaccination in the shortest possible time.
He said even highly developed countries struggled to tackle the pandemic but India fought it with patience and planning. He thanked the 135 crore citizens of the country who lent their support to the COVID battle under the leadership of PM Narendra Modi.
He also paid tributes to those who succumbed to the disease and thanked frontline workers, doctors, nurses, NGOs, and volunteers for their support.
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