As Delhi battles against the second wave of the lethal coronavirus; hospitals running short of oxygen and other essential medical supplies, incompetency to procure them on time and numerous critical patients losing their lives due to the shortage of the lifesaving gas has become commonplace. In the wake of the situation, especially in the month of April when the National capital witnessed a major health crisis, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced on Saturday, May 15 that an oxygen concentrator bank (OCB) will be started in the national capital and added that 200 such units will be set up in each district.
“From today we will be starting a very essential service- we are establishing oxygen concentrator banks. In every district, there will be a bank with 200 oxygen concentrators. We have often seen that oxygen levels of people have dropped after being infected with Covid-19. If provided oxygen immediately, their condition may not worsen. If not provided on time, they have to be admitted in Intensive Care Units (ICUs) and sometimes they even succumb to Covid-19 .
We will be setting these banks to bridge this gap,” Arvind Kejriwal said in a televised briefing. Additionally, Coronavirus patients under home isolation can ask for home delivery of these oxygen concentrators at their doorstep. Delhi government officials will deliver the oxygen concentrator within two hours to these patients. Also, a technical person will accompany the team and will instruct the family members regarding the know-how of the concentrator.
Alternatively, those who have been discharged from hospitals but are in need of medical oxygen can also ask for assistance. To prevail this service, a patient will have to become a part of the government’s home isolation group by calling 1031 and a team of doctors post reviewing their condition shall give a recommendation. Only under these circumstances shall the government provide a concentrator to the patient’s home.
Kejriwal said that with a dip recorded in daily cases, the Delhi government will not let its guard down and keep battling against the coronavirus pandemic. He hoped that cases and the positivity rate will go down further and ultimately, the spread of the infection will cease. The state recorded 6,500 fresh cases in the past 24 hours and the positivity rate has declined to 11 per cent.