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Jharkhand: 7 new PSA plants to boost O2 capacity of hospitals

Ranchi: Chief minister Hemant Soren launched seven new pressure swing adsorption plants (PSA) in Jharkhand on Wednesday as  part of his government ongoing efforts to increasing oxygen support facilities of the hospitals amid the ongoing third wave of the covid-19 pandemic. Soren launched new facilities through a virtual ceremony from his residential office in the afternoon in presence of health minister Banna Gupta and officials from the state health department and Path.  

According to a government communiqué, the plants are set up in Ranchi, Ramgarh, Seraikela-Kharsawan, East Singhbhum and Deoghar districts with the help of Path, an agency working in this field in about 22 states.

In Ranchi, two PSA plants have come up at Sadar hospital while one each is set up at Trauma Centre in Ramgarh and Mercy hospital in Jamshedpur. This apart, new sadar hospital in Deoghar, community health centre in Chakulia (East Singhbhum) and Kuchai (Seraikela-Kharsawan) got one plant each.

The new PSA plants together have a capacity of 4900 liquid per minute (LPM). State’s overall oxygen capacity at hospitals now stand at 196 metric tones/day, informed an official during the ceremony.

Speaking on the occasion, Soren said that the new facilities will go a long way to tackle oxygen requirements at the hospitals. Health minister on the other hand said that so far the state government has set up 93 PSA plants across Jharkhand and more are in the offing. He recalled how during the second wave of covid-19 pandemic, state has supplied the life saving liquid oxygen to several states as part of its national mission and to exhibit cooperative federalism.