Hyderabad: Because the hospitals throughout the nation are going through acute scarcity of oxygen and are unable to satisfy the demand following the steep spike in Covid-19 circumstances, the Centre has lastly swung into motion and has pressed the Indian Air Pressure (IAF) into motion.
The IAF deployed its C-17 and IL-76 heavy-lift plane for transportation of oxygen containers to filling stations, officers stated. Containers stuffed with oxygen are typically not transported on board army plane as they’re thought of flamable and will pose danger to the planes.
However preserving the emergency-like scenario in view, 9 empty oxygen tankers from Telangana have been airlifted to Odisha on Friday to carry again oxygen quicker to the state for provide to hospitals treating Covid sufferers.
Two C-17 planes of the IAF have been used to airlift the tankers from Begumpet Airport in Hyderabad to liquid oxygen vegetation in Odisha. Well being Minister Eatala Rajender and Chief Secretary Somesh Kumar supervised the airlifting operation on the airport.
Rajender stated the tankers will return by highway to carry 150 tonnes of oxygen to the State by April 27.
He claimed that that is the primary occasion within the nation the place warplanes have been used to airlift oxygen tankers.
The benefit of airlifting of the tankers to Angul and Rourkela metal vegetation in Odisha is that it’s going to save three days in transportation. The Well being Minister stated the Telangana authorities was able to spend any sum of money to avoid wasting folks’s lives. The federal government has put in liquid oxygen tanks in 22 authorities hospitals. This transfer will be certain that there isn’t a scarcity of oxygen at authorities hospitals, the minister added.
Nonetheless, the Minister stated that it was unlucky that the Centre had by no means made States members in taking choices concerning management of pandemic or different associated points, together with pricing of vaccines.
He stated although Prime Minister Narendra Modi had held a number of video conferences with States, it was restricted to understanding the bottom scenario however by no means thought of the options of the States nor have been they taken into confidence whereas taking choices.
It was the Centre which had taken choices and imposed them on States. Even in case of vaccine provide or fixing the charges at which it could be equipped to the Centre and States, the Centre didn’t plan correctly leading to some form of disaster, the minister stated.