No gap in oxygen supply to Delhi; industrial use banned, Centre tells HC

PTI | New Delhi | Updated: 20-04-2021 15:45 IST | Created: 20-04-2021 15:45 IST
No gap in oxygen supply to Delhi; industrial use banned, Centre tells HC

There is no gap in oxygen supply to Delhi at present and its use has been banned for industrial purposes except for certain industries, the Centre told the Delhi High Court on Tuesday.

The Ministry of Health told the high court that there has been an inordinate increase of 133 per cent in the projected medical oxygen required, as on April 20, between the initial estimate of 300 metric tonnes and revised estimate of 700 metric tonnes submitted by Delhi.

The Centre also informed the high court that it has provided Delhi government hospitals with around 1,390 ventilators.

Earlier in the day, a bench of Justices Vipin Sanghi and Rekha Palli had asked the Centre whether oxygen supplied to industries can be diverted for COVID-19 patients.

''Industries can wait. Patients cannot. Human lives are at stake,'' the bench said.

It said it has heard that doctors at Ganga Ram Hospital were being forced to reduce oxygen being given to COVID-19 patients admitted there as there was scarcity of oxygen.

The ministry, in the affidavit filed through central government standing counsel Monika Arora, has also said that in order to increase the capacity of medical oxygen in Delhi, eight Pressure Swing Adsorption (PSA) Oxygen Generation plants are being installed by the support of PM CARES Funds. ''These plants would enhance capacity of medical oxygen by 14.4 metric tonnes,'' the ministry's affidavit said.

The observations by the bench came during the hearing of a disposed of petition related to COVID-19 tests and the high court revived it on April 19 by noting that the virus has raised its ''ugly head'' once again and the pandemic is raging with much greater intensity and ''it is evident that the healthcare infrastructure is at the stage of imminent collapse''.

(This story has not been edited by Devdiscourse staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)



Blockchain in Healthcare: Opportunities and challenges

The use of blockchain in healthcare is a relatively new innovation with many of its uses still being explored and related technologies being developed, improved, and scaled. ...

Debate surrounding vaccine passports and development misses bigger picture

... ...

Blockchain vs IOTA: Looking for a better alternative

... ...

For stability, Iraq needs to crack down on corruption

... ...


Latest News

Guj: Congress leader Hardik Patel's father dies of COVID-19

Gujarat Congress working president Hardik Patels father died on Sunday at a hospital in Ahmedabad where he was beingundergoing treatment for COVID-19, a party leader said.Later, Chief Minister Vijay Rupani spoke to Patel over phone and conv...

Delhi: Marriage ceremonies prohibited in public places, metro services suspended till May 17

Soon after the lockdown was extended by another week in the national capital by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, the Delhi government updated its guidelines for the lockdown stating that metro services will temporarily remain suspended till ...

Tiger found dead in MP's Kanha reserve

A tiger was found dead at a forest in the Kanha Tiger Reserve KTR inMadhya Pradeshs Balaghat district, an official said on Sunday.The carcass of the feline, aged around 12 to 13 years, was spotted on Saturday by a patrolling team in the Bha...

Suspension of IPL due to Covid is reminder of game's vulnerability: Ian Chappell

Former Australia skipper Ian Chappell has said that the suspension of the Indian Premier League IPL 2021 season due to rising Covid-19 cases is a reminder of the games vulnerability. IPL 2021 season was suspended indefinitely due to the ris...

Give Feedback