New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: With India facing a shortage of liquid oxygen amid the unprecedented spike in COVID-19 cases, the Centre on Sunday said that state and union territory (UT) governments must ensure that liquid oxygen is used only for medical purposes.'

Banning the use of liquid oxygen for non-medical purposes, the Centre in its order said that all the manufacturing units need to maximise their production of oxygen and make it available to the government for use of medical purpose only. In the order, it was also mentioned that all the stocks of liquid oxygen should be made available to the government for use for medical purposes. The order further reads, "no exception is allowed to any industry with regard to the use of liquid oxygen."

Earlier, the Delhi High Court told the Centre over the delay of banning the use of liquid oxygen by industries, "Industries can wait. Patients cannot. Human lives are at stake."

The Centre said that the government is taking all the possible measures and is committed to take any steps to provide assistance to the Delhi government.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday announced that the government has decided to set up 551 dedicated pressure swing Adsorption (PSA) medical oxygen generation plants to create the availability of oxygen to hospitals.

PM Modi's tweet reads, "Oxygen plants in every district to ensure adequate oxygen availability... An important decision that will boost oxygen availability to hospitals and help people across the nation."

Talking about the current situation of coronavirus, India has been reeling under the cascading impact of the second wave of coronavirus with daily cases breaching the 3 lakh mark, and hospitals are facing an acute shortage of oxygen, antiviral drugs and beds. 

Amidst this, social media is flooded with messages of people requesting oxygen cylinder or hospital beds for their friends and family. In the deadly second wave of coronavirus in India, many people are reporting breathlessness and they are required oxygen support, thus the demand for oxygen has been escalated in this wave.

Posted By: Deeksha Sharma