Varanasi (UP), June 15: All major government hospitals and Community Health Centres (CHC) in Varanasi district will soon become self-reliant in generating oxygen with help from corporate social responsibility (CSR) funds of different organizations.
The primary health centres (PHC) will also be equipped with oxygen concentrators, health officials said.
According to divisional commissioner Deepak Agrawal, said, "Varanasi has a maximum number of oxygen plants in hospitals. Over 900 beds in government hospitals were covered with oxygen supply lines before the second wave of Covid-19 arrived in April, but the entire supply was dependent on cylinders refilled at a few units in the private sector.
It was the same month when demand for oxygenated beds and ventilators had gone above the mark of 2,000 while supply of oxygen in cylinders was insufficient.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi had announced to set up oxygen plants in every district from the PM Cares Fund.
In less than a week of the announcement, the first oxygen plant of 613 LPM was installed at DDU District Hospital on April 30 while another plant of 500 LPM at the hospital was made operational on Monday.