Uddhav Thackeray asks PM to allow import of oxygen and redeliver
Uddhav Thackeray asks PM to allow import of oxygen and redeliver

Mumbai: Maharashtra is in a critical condition due to the increasing infection of corona. At present, patients are facing shortage of oxygen in the hospitals here. Amidst the crisis caused by corona here, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray last Friday demanded additional medical oxygen, adequate supply of vaccines, and permission for import of remdesivir for his state. "Oxygen should be airlifted if possible," he said at a digital meeting organized by Prime Minister Narendra Modi the previous day. During the meeting, Uddhav Thackeray said, "Maharashtra requires 1,550 metric tonnes of oxygen every day to treat coronavirus patients and about 300 to 350 metric tonnes are being procured from outside. '

He also said, "If oxygen can be supplied from neighboring states instead of distant states, it will be available soon. If it is not possible to airlift oxygen, empty oxygen tankers should be sent back by aircraft to save transportation time. Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope, on the other hand, told reporters that the demand for sending empty tankers back by plane has been accepted".

During the meeting, Uddhav Thackeray also said, "More than 60,000 patients are on oxygen in the state, while 76,300 are oxygen beds and about 25,000 additional oxygen beds are being provided. In view of the requirement, Maharashtra should get 250 to 300 Metric Tonnes of additional oxygen. It is not known how effective remdesivir is, but it definitely reduces the period of hospitalization". Also during the meeting, he also said, "Maharashtra needs 70,000 vials of remdesivir every day, but it is getting only 27,000 vials. Permission may be granted for its import. Maharashtra currently has about five lakh doses of vaccines. But the State needs 12 crore doses"

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