Assam Health and Family Welfare Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Friday inaugurated the 11th oxygen generating plant in Guwahati’s Mahendra Mohan Choudhury Hospital.
The plant can generate 0.7 metric tons of oxygen every day and it will be able to fill 100 jumbo oxygen cylinders per day.
Inaugurating the oxygen generating plant, Sarma said that this oxygen generating plant is a great news for the State. “MMCH requires 50 oxygen cylinders per day and as this plant has the capacity to fill 100 cylinders, there will be no shortage of oxygen from now,” he said.
“During the coronavirus time, hospitals across the State will be equipped with oxygen generating plants. A total of 29 oxygen generating plants are in place for the State,” Sarma added.
On April 28, two oxygen generating plants were inaugurated in Dibrugarh and earlier there were eight oxygen plants in Assam, and with today’s oxygen plant, the State now has a total of 11 oxygen plants.
With the 11th oxygen generating plant, the State’s capacity to produce oxygen has ramped up to 68.7 MT per day, said Sarma on Twitter.
It may be mentioned, Assam is getting ready to inaugurate two more new oxygen plants in Silchar and this will bring the total count to 13 oxygen generating plants in the State.
Speaking about the vaccine stock available in the State, Sarma said, “We have 6,65,520 vaccines in stock, there is no chance of us facing vaccination shortage till May 4.”
Meanwhile, Assam on Thursday reported 3,079 fresh cases and 26 deaths in the last 24 hours. Kamrup Metro District alone has recorded 1,029 cases.
Sarma also shared the overall condition of the State which stated that there has been no spike in positive cases in the last four days, Kamrup Metro District’s cases are slowing down, the recovery rate is good and the health infrastructure is equipped.
Sarma stated that the death numbers due to Covid-19 are of concern and apart from that, approx. one lakh people are getting vaccinated.