Panel to check O2 capacity at private hospitals in Gurgaon after Tuesday


Gurgaon: To assess the oxygen capacity in private hospitals across the city, the health department has decided to carry out inspections after Tuesday. All such hospitals with more than 50 beds were earlier directed to set up oxygen plants by June 15.
Having learnt lessons from the oxygen crisis during the second wave, the department will also install three more oxygen plants at Sohna, Pataudi civil Hospital and Polyclinic in Sector 31.
“We have started the trial run of the oxygen plant at Pataudi today (Sunday). We have set up 500 LPM (litres per minute) oxygen plants at Sohna and Pataudi government hospitals. Similarly, we will be setting up a 100 LMP oxygen plant at the Polyclinic in the next few days. We have already set up a 1,000 LMV oxygen plant at Civil Hospital in Sector10,” said Dr Virender Yadav, chief medical officer, Gurgaon.
He added, “Additionally, we will carry out inspections at all private hospitals to evaluate the status in each of them. We do not want any untoward situation when and if the cases start to rise again. We had already informed all hospitals to install oxygen plants by June 15.”
He further pointed out that the agencies, which failed to provide oxygen during the second surge to hospitals even though they had a contract for it, will be blacklisted.
During the peak of Covid cases in Gurgaon, the oxygen demand rose to 55 metric tonnes. The district administration also said that the hospitals can get their supply of oxygen back.
“At present, the oxygen supply is 20 metric tonnes and the demand is less than that. All hospitals are getting oxygen filled by the firms with whom they have a contract,” said Amandeep Chauhan, drug control officer, Gurgaon.
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