Bhubaneswar: The Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) on Thursday started the supply of oxygen concentrators at the doorsteps of COVID-19 patients, who are in home isolation and require oxygen, an official said. A statement from the corporation said it had delivered 21 oxygen concentrators that were pre-booked through a dedicated app. A concentrator is equipment that takes oxygen from the room or surroundings, purifies and provides it for the person in need. Anyone needing an oxygen concentrator can register through the Odisha Covid Dashboard portal, and once the booking is accepted, the concentrator will be delivered to the address on verification of ID proof.
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had on Wednesday laid the foundation stone for seven Liquid Medical Oxygen (LMO) plants and as many Pressure Swing Adsorption (PSA) systems as the state government is preparing for a possible third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. “Liquid Medical Oxygen Plants are being constructed in all major hospitals of the state,” the CM said.
Patnaik had also sanctioned an additional amount of Rs 20 crore for the BMC to tackle the COVID-19 situation. The sanctioned amount will be allocated from the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund (CMRF). According to an official, Bhubaneswar has the highest number of Covid hospitals and a large number of patients from different parts of Odisha are under treatment at the facilities. The official said financial assistance was allotted to BMC for up-gradation at the hospitals from time to time.
Meanwhile, an official at the All-India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Bhubaneswar said on Thursday that the hospital would procure two ECMO machines to treat critical coronavirus patients. The announcement comes at a time when there is a huge requirement for ECMO treatment, especially for critical Covid patients suffering from a lung ailment. Currently, many of these patients are being airlifted out of Odisha for treatment.
Sachidananda Mohanty, the Medical Superintendent at AIIMS said in a statement that a purchase order has already been placed to procure the extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) machines. He added, “It is expected that the first ECMO machine will be delivered and installed at the end of this month as confirmed by the supplier.”
(With inputs from PTI)