Chandigarh: During a surge in COVID-19 cases, the Punjab government wrote to its neighbouring states – Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand – seeking help in supply of liquid oxygen by September end.
It has also asked the key manufacturers in the state to give priority to the local hospitals during the supply of the oxygen.
The decision comes after when the state tried to tackle a steep demand in oxygen supply during the pandemic.
The fatality rate in Punjab due to COVID-19 is 2.96 per cent which is highest in the country.
In a letter to the neighbouring states, Punjab Chief Secretary Alok Shekhar wrote, “As you are aware, the demand for oxygen in the hospitals of Punjab has increased due to the COVID-19 pandemic… Local vendors and suppliers of liquid oxygen have brought to notice that they are facing a shortage of liquid oxygen and this problem is likely to expand in the coming days,” was quoted as saying by NDTV.
“Most of the hospitals and manufacturers/re-filling units/suppliers in Punjab depend on Air Liquide India Pvt Ltd, Panipat, Haryana, for the supply of liquid oxygen. Therefore, you are requested to kindly direct the concerned industrial unit to increase the supply of liquid oxygen to the hospitals… so as to reduce the shortage of oxygen in hospitals of the state. A letter of confirmation would be highly appreciated,” Shekhar wrote.
Punjab has reported 2,628 fresh cases of coronavirus with 68 deaths due to the virus on Sunday. The total number of COVID-19 cases in the state now stands at 79,679.