The production of liquid medical oxygen, a key component in the treatment of Covid patients, has gone up by ten times, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today told listeners on his monthly radio programme “Mann Ki Baat”.
“In the normal course, we were producing 900 metric tonnes of liquid medical oxygen in a day. Today, the production has gone up to 9,500 metric tonnes a day – an increase of almost 10 per cent,” said the Prime Minister underlining the government efforts in fighting coronavirus.
A few weeks ago, there were multiple SOS from hospitals, with many saying they were left with just a few hours’ of medical oxygen. Social media catalogued oxygen demands from citizens across the country.
Emergency medical aid arrived from foreign donors to alleviate a dire oxygen shortage even as government directed states that all liquid oxygen, including stock existing with private plants, be used for medical purposes only. Special Oxygen Express Trains were started in response to states’ demand for urgent supply.
Reminding listeners that today also marks the completion of seven years of BJP government at the centre, PM Modi reiterated the guiding philosophy of his government: “Sabka Saath, Sabka Vishwas”.
The Prime Minister underscored that the nation is fighting COVID-19 with all its strength.
The country today recorded less than 2 lakh Covid cases for the third consecutive day with 1.65 lakh fresh infections, taking overall case count to 2.78 crore. The positivity rate remained below 10 per cent for sixth straight day.
Last evening, PM Modi announced that his government will provide support to children who have lost their parents to Covid. Free education will be ensured for them and they will get help in seeking higher education loans, an official statement read.