DRDO to set up three Medical Oxygen Plants in Nadia to combat oxygen crisis

DRDO to set up three Medical Oxygen Plants in Nadia to combat oxygen crisis

Biswabrata Goswami

KRISHNAGAR, 5 MAY: Amidst the scarcity of medical oxygen in the hospitals because of the rising Covid-19 cases, three oxygen generating plants under the PM CARES fund programme will be set up within a fortnight in Nadia district to combat the current oxygen crisis.

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The three oxygen generating plants will be set up at Saktinagar district hospital in Krishnagar, Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial (JNM) hospital in Kalyani and Netaji Subhash Sanatorium (NSS) in Kalyani.

Construction works for setting up structures have already been initiated in Saktinagar district hospital from today.

District magistrate, Nadia Partha Ghosh said the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) will carry out the civil or construction work for setting up the plants in the district. The engineers of NHAI have already started works in Saktinagar district hospital from today and it is expected that they would finish the construction and electrical works within seven days.

“The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) will install the plants within the next seven days. The whole works will be on war footing steps and every plant will produce 1000 litres per minute (LPM),” said Mr Ghosh.

Under the PM CARES fund programme, a total of 551 Oxygen generating plants will be set up across the districts in the country.

In a statement, the DRDO said the medical oxygen plant (MOP) technology was developed to supply oxygen on board the light combat aircraft (LCA) by the Defence Bioengineering and Electromedical Laboratory (DEBEL). DEBEL is a unit under the DRDO. The same technology will be used to fight the current oxygen crisis facing covid-19 patients in the country.

The Medical Oxygen Plant (MOP) is designed for a capacity of 1,000 litres per minute (LPM). The system can cater to 190 patients at a flow rate of 5 LPM and charge 195 cylinders per day, the DRDO statement said. “The MOP technology is capable of generating oxygen with 93±3% concentration, which can be directly supplied to hospital beds or can be used to fill medical oxygen cylinders. It utilizes pressure swing adsorption (PSA) technique and molecular sieve (zeolite) technology to generate oxygen directly from atmospheric air, the statement said.

“Hospitals will be able to generate on site medical oxygen, in a cost-effective manner with this oxygen plant rather than depending upon sourcing it from other places,” it said. The plant complies with international standards such as ISO 1008, European, US and Indian Pharmacopeia. 

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