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PWD working on offering oxygen lines for beds


2020-06-2118: 14: 00

7528- crore project focused on conference increased demand at federal government hospitals

With federal government health centers receiving a growing number of symptomatic COVID-19 patients needing oxygen support, the need for beds with oxygen lines has increased. To accommodate the increased demand, the general public Functions Department has begun a task to provide oxygen pipelines for COVID-19 beds determined at federal government medical college medical facilities and district headquarters and taluk health centers throughout the State.

As part of procedures to fight COVID-19, the PWD is in the procedure of offering oxygen lines for almost 13,900 COVID-19 beds identified at hospitals and updated primary health centres throughout the State. The project has actually been used up at a cost of7528 crore. This follows a recent conference including officials of the Health and Household Welfare Department. Oxygen is considered essential for COVID-19 clients.

Change in trend

“The trend has changed. Unlike earlier, we are seeing more symptomatic patients and fewer asymptomatic ones. Out of 100 COVID-19 clients, at least 10 require oxygen assistance. There is an increased demand for beds with oxygen lines. There are more clients with hypoxia and clients needing extended stay at medical facilities. By getting beds with oxygen lines ready at headquarters healthcare facilities and PHCs, we can decrease the rush to tertiary care centres,” a health official said.

PWD authorities said that of a total of 30,100 beds identified at different health centers, the department remained in the process of offering oxygen pipelines and vacuum and compressed air pipelines/drop points for 13,900 beds. The remaining beds had actually currently been offered with such pipelines.

Earlier, such facilities were not readily available in wards on the ground floor and the very first floor of some healthcare facilities. Now, such wards will also have those facilities to treat COVID-19 clients. Work has actually already begun in some health centers as part of COVID-19 emergency jobs.

In Chennai alone, nearly 5,500 beds will be equipped with oxygen lines. The Government Medical College Healthcare Facility, Omandurar Estate, has currently been offered with the center. Work to enhance the Central Sterile Supply Department will be used up, apart from electrical work at King Institute of Preventive Medicine and Research Study, Guindy, a PWD authorities stated. Works across the State will be finished in a couple of days.

Concurrently, the oxygen capacity of federal government medical college healthcare facilities in Chennai is being increased, the health official stated, adding: “At Rajiv Gandhi Government General Medical facility, the oxygen capability is being increased from 20 kl to 60 kl, while that of Government Stanley Medical College Hospital, Kilpauk Medical College Healthcare Facility and Federal Government Medical College Hospital, Omandurar Estate, will be increased to 40 kl each. We are offering head office health centers with 10 kl oxygen capacity. We have also procured 10,00 0 oxygen cylinders and kept them as a reserve.”



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