Agartala: Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar visited the Bodhjungnagar Industrial Complex and inspected two medical oxygen refilling plants.

Deb assured that the state has adequate oxygen available to cater for the state’s COVID patients. JK Sinha, principal secretary, health department and Kiran Gitte, secretary of Industries, accompanied Deb. They interacted with the refilling unit employees.

Speaking with reporters, Deb talked about how oxygen had become the most crucial requirement in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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“In 2019-20, we fought the pandemic with whatever capacity we had. Today, we have a capacity of around 4,500 oxygen cylinders, 750 oxygen concentrators, and 750 A-type oxygen cylinders for ambulances,” Deb said. He also said that arrangements were in place across all eight district hospitals to tackle the situation.

“Oxygen facilities have been made available in all district hospitals, and even in sub-division hospitals, we are providing oxygen cylinders. In places where there is no oxygen, we have provided an oxygen concentrator, while a sufficient number of beds have been arranged for the treatment,” Deb added.

The chief minister also informed that new plants, sanctioned under PM-CARES, would be set up in all eight districts. One plant would be at Khumulwng, the headquarters of the Autonomous District Council.

“The government has received a proposal for setting up more oxygen plants, which will be approved immediately. The oxygen plant in Govind Ballabh Pant (GBP) Hospital will be ready within two months, and in Tripura Medical College (TMC) hospital within two days, 60-bedded oxygen support will be ready,” Deb added.

Chief Minister Biplab-Kumar Deb inspecting oxygen refiling plant in Agartala on Saturday.

Deb, who is also the health minister, said that both the positivity rate and the recovery rate stands of Tripura are better than the neighbouring states. 

“I have informed the Prime Minister that 13.18 lakh vaccine doses received by the state have been utilised. The state government has placed an order for more than four lakh COVID-19 vaccine doses,” Deb added.

He also said that number of cases is increasing but mostly in the Agartala Corporation area. Some wards have reported cases between 13 to 16 per cent.

“Those wards would be declared as containment zones. If a situation arises, we will consider lockdown. The positivity rate in other areas is below 2 per cent,” Deb opined.

He also appealed to the people of Agartala to stay at home as the employees have been asked to attend office in 50 per cent strength in government offices.

“For the positivity rate we have today, sufficient oxygen is available to cater for the patients in the hospitals. We are in a better position because the average positivity rate is over 22 per cent, whereas here it is around 6 per cent,” Deb added.

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