PM Modi examines oxygen and drug availability amid Covid-19
The oxygen supply is now more than three times what it was during the peak of the first wave of COVID-19, the prime minister’s office said on Wednesday, noting that the production of all drugs, including Remdesivir, has increased dramatically in the past few weeks as India battles the spike in infections nationwide.
At a high-level meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to review the availability and supply of oxygen and drugs, it was noted that states are receiving drugs in good quantity, with the Center in regular contact with manufacturers to improve their production and extend all necessary assistance.
The central government is actively monitoring the supply of drugs used in the management of COVID as well as mucormycosis, a rare fungal infection reported in some locations.
Modi said India has a very vibrant pharmaceutical sector and the government’s close and continuous coordination with them will ensure adequate availability of all medicines.
The PMO said Modi had also been briefed on oxygen rail operations and the exits of IAF planes, in addition to the status of the purchases of oxygen concentrators, oxygen cylinders as well as the state of factories being installed across the country to produce life-saving gas.
Amid reports of unused fans in some states, with local authorities blaming quality issues in a few cases, Modi said states should be urged to operationalize them within a specified time frame and resolve technical and training issues. with the help of manufacturers.