Shillong: Dr Aman Warr, Director of Health Services, Meghalaya, has said the state is making all necessary arrangements for up to six oxygen plants in the state.

He informed that the oxygen plant, airlifted from Delhi, has reached Guwahati Airport and is on the way to the RP Chest Hospital, Shillong. “As soon as it reaches, the installation will start. We expect the machines will be up and running by the early part of next week,” he said.

A 600 LPM plant for Civil Hospital Shillong would be airlifted on May 25 from Delhi.

Due to the need for oxygen at Shillong civil hospital, the government has installed six generators which generate 45 litres per minute at the Civil Hospital.

This is catering to 25 COVID-19 beds on high consumption. Another plant in Nongpoh is currently in the installation stage.

All plants at the Civil Hospital Shillong, Ganesh Das, and RP Chest Hospital are under the PM CARES, Government of India.

The other plants from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) are at Jowai, Nongpoh and Tura.

Dr Warr informed the state government is also setting up plants in Khliehriat and Umsawli.

Thanks to UNICEF, all other hospitals would have small plants to cater to the oxygen requirement as and when required. The government will also set up two cryogenic tanks at Umsawli in Shillong. It is expected to be functional by June 15.

Dr Warr said that this plant will cater to the cylinders in the state, and is expected to deliver 1,000 cylinders refilling capacity in a day, this is a 13 KL plant in Shillong.

The other will be at Jengjal, Tura within two weeks.

The plant will cater to 2,000 cylinders per day. Dr Warr said that they hope these plants would suffice for a continuous supply of oxygen to the different regions of Meghalaya.

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