COVID update: SAIL To Set Up 2,500 Beds With Gaseous Oxygen Facilities

Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL), a Maharatna company, is planning to set up jumbo medical facilities of about 2,500 beds with support of gaseous oxygen (GOX) for Covid treatment in order to meet the growing demand for beds due to the spike in Corona virus cases in the country.

This is in additament to the facilities already available at SAIL’s five integrated steel plants in Bhilai, Jharkhand, Bokaro, Odisha, Durgapur, and Burnpur (West Bengal).

These jumbo facilities will be built outside of the existing hospital facilities and will receive oxygen via a dedicated gas line drawn directly from the steel plants, rather than trying to extract gaseous oxygen from liquid medical oxygen, as is done in SAIL’s own hospitals.

As the demand for liquid medical oxygen is currently quite high, SAIL will use Gaseous Oxygen directly as an additional source of oxygen, as suggested by the Centre.

The 2,500 beds will be built in stages in collaboration with the respective state governments. The company will set up about 700 beds in the first phase, which will be scaled up to 2,500 beds across all five locations.

Currently, there are approximately 3,000 beds in the five SAIL hospitals, with approximately 45 percent of beds reserved for COVID patients.

Source: NDTV Profit

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