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500 more PSA oxygen plants sanctioned under PM CARES Fund for COVID management
New Delhi, April 28, 2021
Prime Minister Narendra Modi today sanctioned the procurement of one lakh Portable Oxygen Concentrators from the PM CARES Fund.
The decision was taken at a high-level meeting chaired by the Prime Minister to discuss the measures needed to improve Liquid Medical Oxygen (LMO) Supply for COVID management. He instructed that these Oxygen Concentrators should be procured at the earliest and given to states with a high case burden.
In addition to the earlier sanctioned 713 PSA plants under PM CARES Fund, 500 new Pressure Swing Adsorption (PSA) oxygen plants have been sanctioned.
The PSA plants will augment the supply of Liquid Medical Oxygen at hospitals in district headquarters and Tier 2 cities. These 500 PSA plants will be established with the transfer of the indigenous technology developed by DRDO and CSIR to the domestic manufacturers.
Establishing PSA plants and procurement of portable oxygen concentrators will greatly augment the supply of oxygen near the demand clusters, thereby addressing the current logistical challenges in transporting oxygen from plants to hospitals, an official press release said.