The Union Ministry of Health has decided to impost one lakh metric tons of liquid oxygen will be stored as one month additional stock so as not to strain the supply if the rate of covid infection increases in winter.
HLL Lifecare Limited has issued a notification inviting international tenders for the purchase of liquid oxygen.
On Wednesday, HLL Lifecare Limited, a subsidiary of the central government, issued an invitation on behalf of the Ministry of Health to procure one lakh metric tonnes of liquid oxygen.
Fluid oxygen is required daily to meet the demand of various centers and state government hospitals. It is estimated that importing and supplying liquid oxygen from abroad will cost around Rs 600-700 crore.
As of Tuesday, about 3.97% of covid patients in the country were on oxygen support, 2.46% were on ICU support in the ICU department and 0.40% were on ventilator support.
India was able to produce 6,400 metric tons of liquidified oxygen per day in early March before the lockdown was imposed. Of this, 1,000 metric tons is used in healthcare, but the rest is used in the oxygen industry.
After the central government started the unlock process, the industry has become busy again. Since September 30, the country’s daily oxygen production has been around 7,000 metric tons. Of this, 3,094 metric tons were used to treat covid and other patients. This amount of liquid oxygen is still needed, the source said.
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