Following the directions of Deputy Commissioner Varinder Kumar Sharma, the Nodal Officer for ensuring the seamless and unhindered supply of the oxygen to the hospitals on Covid board, Deputy Director Local Government (DDLG) Amit Bambi along with his team of drug inspectors conducted the inspection of oxygen generation and bottling plants of Ludhiana.
Reviewing the situation, Amit Bambi said that the district administration has two oxygen generation plants Vardhman Special Steels Limited and Weltech Equipment and Infrastructure Limited besides five bottling plants of Ludhiana.
He said that presently, the district is generating oxygen for 1800-2000 D type cylinders and it is being run at full capacity. He informed that Civil Hospital has also its oxygen generation plant and getting 115 cylinders on its own but the administration is also supplying some quantity to them with an increase in level-3 Covid patients.
He also added in the last two days, around 250 cylinders of life-saving gas have been supplied to Jalandhar as per requirement. Anyone who is facing any difficulty in getting oxygen cylinders in Ludhiana for Covid patients can dial 7837018500 and 0161-2421091 helpline numbers, he said.
Meanwhile, Deputy Commissioner Varinder Kumar Sharma told that the administration is in a comfortable position and there is no need to get panicky as efforts are afoot to ensure an uninterrupted supply of oxygen to the hospitals treating Covid patients. He said that clear directions have been directed to take stern action against the persons involved in the hoarding of the oxygen and remove all obstructions to ensure a regular supply of oxygen.
Deputy Commissioner added that as the Covid cases are skyrocketing in the district, the people need to adhere to Covid protocols including maintaining social distancing, wearing masks, and adopting hand hygiene. He appealed the eligible to take the vaccine promptly by shunning any kind of doubts or fear as it is the best way to come out of this dark tunnel.
Appealing to the people not to take flu-like symptoms lightly and immediately contact nearby health facilities besides get tested for Covid without fail so that the spread of the contagion can be halted, he said that people were reporting late to the doctors hence their condition further deteriorates.
He said that there was no dearth of resources and manpower with the state government to tackle this pandemic and solicited fulsome support of the people.