Imphal: Amid a surge in COVID-19 cases in Manipur, the state government is ensuring that there is no dearth of medical oxygen for the treatment of COVID-19 patients.

On Wednesday, equipment for the installation of oxygen plants at Churachandpur and Thoubal districts and 10 oxygen concentrators for distribution to different hospitals were airlifted to Imphal from Delhi by an Indian Air Force flight.

The two Pressure Swing Adsorption (PSA) oxygen plants are being set up with assistance from the Union ministry of health and family welfare. The Churachandpur unit will have a generation capacity of 200 litres per minute (LPM) while the plant of Thoubal will be of 100 LPM.

The equipment which arrived on Wednesday included air compressors, air dryers, air receivers, oxygen storage tanks, air pipes, cable trays, earthing strips, electrical power panels, servo voltage stabilizers, servo oil and UPS, among others.

Manipur chief minister N Biren Singh expressed his gratitude to Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his endless support during this pandemic and the Indian Air Force for been doing the commendable job of ensuring that the medical supplies reached their destinations on time.

According to CM Singh, prior to the arrival of this equipment, the state had already started the civil work at their respective sites at Thoubal and Churahcandpur and the installation of these two oxygen plants will be completed in a few days’ time.

This will significantly improve the oxygen-producing capacity in the state, he added.

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The consignment which arrived at Bir Tikendrajit International Airport was received by a team of the state government led by tribal affairs and hills minister Vungzagin Valte, advisor to CM (health) Dr Sapam Ranjan, Khurai MLA L Sushindro, principal secretary (health) V Vumlunmang, special secretary (home) H Gyan Prakash, Imphal West DC Th Kirankumar, and other senior officials.

At present, there are two functional oxygen plants in the state, one each at JNIMS and RIMS Hospitals in Imphal, catering to the need of medical oxygen to patients, especially COVID-19 patients.

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