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PM Modi has approved the purchase of 1 lakh portable oxygen concentrators through the PM Cares Fund.

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In addition to the 713 PSA plants previously approved for procurement through the fund, 500 new PSA oxygen plants have been approved for procurement.

PM Modi approved the purchase of 1 lakh portable oxygen concentrators from the PM CARES Fund on April 28, 2021.

In addition to the 713 PSA plants previously approved for procurement through the fund, 500 new PSA oxygen plants have been approved for procurement.

Prime Minister Modi announced via Twitter that 1 lakh portable oxygen concentrators would be purchased, as well as 500 more Pressure Swing Absorption Plants from the PM-CARES Fund. He went on to say that this will boost oxygen access, especially in district headquarters and Tier-2 cities.

A high-level meeting made the decision to purchase more oxygen concentrators. PM Modi presided over the meeting, which was convened to explore ways to increase the availability of Liquid Medical Oxygen in light of the ongoing COVID-19 situation.

Significance:

The construction of PSA plants and the purchase of portable oxygen concentrators would significantly aid in rising oxygen supply in areas where demand is high. It can deal with the existing logistical difficulties in transporting oxygen from plants to hospitals with high demand.

Key Highlights:

• The Prime Minister has directed that oxygen concentrators be procured as soon as possible and distributed to the states with high demand.

• The Pressure Swing Absorption Plants will supplement LMO supplies at district headquarters and tier 2 cities hospitals.

• With the transition of indigenous technology, the newly acquired 500 PSA oxygen plants will be built. It was created for domestic manufacturers by the Defense Research and Development Organization and the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research.

Background:

In the second wave of the pandemic, India is seeing the largest increase in COVID-19 cases, and hospitals across the country are running out of oxygen.

In order to meet the ever-growing demand for medical oxygen, the Indian government has been importing oxygen generation equipment and concentrators from various countries.

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