Telangana to establish oxygen tanks at hospitals

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Health Minister Eatala Rajender at Telangana Institute of Medical Sciences, Gachibowli.

Hyderabad: To ensure there is no shortage of oxygen for Covid-19 positive patients, the State government will establish huge capacity liquid oxygen tanks within the premises of all State-run tertiary Covid-19 designated hospitals in Hyderabad and districts.

As part of this initiative, the authorities in the coming weeks will set-up these liquid oxygen tanks in MGM Hospital in Warangal, District Hospital, King Koti, Sarojini Devi Eye Hospital, Mehdipatnam, Osmania General Hospital in Afzalgunj, Fever Hospital in Nallakunta, Chest Hospital, Erragadda, and Telangana Institute of Medical Sciences (TIMS), Gachibowli.

Such liquid oxygen tanks, which are already present in Gandhi Hospital and NIMS hospital campus, ensure the availability of oxygen for months and need not have to depend on the supply-chain of distributors.

“Instead of buying oxygen cylinders on a piecemeal basis, we have decided to establish such liquid oxygen tanks, which will ensure a non-stop supply of oxygen for months to the entire hospital that caters to at least 500 Covid patients,” Health Minister, Eatala Rajender, on Sunday said.

Rajender, while interacting with presspersons during his visit to TIMS, Gachibowli, said that already the project to establish liquid oxygen tanks in tertiary care hospitals has received a green signal and related works will be completed in the coming weeks.

“In the meanwhile, before the liquid oxygen tanks are established, there is a definite need for oxygen cylinders for Covid-19 patients admitted to all tertiary care facilities in Hyderabad and districts. By August 10, we will be able to complete a major bulk purchase of oxygen for all government hospitals in the State,” he said.

TIMS, an alternative to Gandhi

The Minister said that Telangana Institute of Medical Sciences (TIMS) is being developed as an alternative to Gandhi Hospital, which is already filled to the brim with Covid-19 patients.

“At TIMS, we have established 1,350 beds supported by adequate ventilators, ICU facilities and laboratory support. In the coming days, we will establish a large liquid oxygen tank, which will take care of the oxygen need for Covid patients,” he said.

The TIMS already has the latest Covid-19 related drugs including Remdesivir, Favipiravir, Tocilizumab, and Dexamethasone. “Covid-19 patients with breathlessness must get themselves admitted to Government hospitals. We have enough medicines and oxygen facilities to provide support to such patients. Positive patients with breathlessness should not waste time by staying at home,” Rajender added.


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