Oxygen Shortage Continues As Demand Up By 67% As India Battles The Second Wave Of Covid-19

INDIA Team Latestly|

Demand for medical oxygen has increased 67 per cent in nine days to April 24. This is according to the information collated from oxygen allocation orders issued by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, reported The Indian Express. It further shows the demand has spread from 12 states on April 15 to 22 states on April 24. Official records show that Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan had on April 15 written to the Additional Secretaries/ Principal Secretaries/Secretaries (Health) of 12 states informing them about oxygen allocation against their demand for the week beginning April 20. These states are Maharashtra, Gujarat, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Delhi, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Chhattisgarh & Rajasthan. States had cumulatively demanded 4,880 metric tonnes of medical oxygen for the week beginning April 20 & allocations were accordingly made. Within 10 days, another letter by Nipun Vinayak, Joint Secretary, MoH&FW to state health officials on April 24 informed them about allocation against their demand for oxygen from April 25 onwards. Watch the video to know more.

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