BHUBANESWAR: Odisha is supplying oxygen to different states however sufferers in residence isolation right here should pay by means of their nostril for the O2. For, oxygen is on the market however cylinders usually are not.
The State authorities asserts that oxygen inventory is steady however black advertising and marketing of medical oxygen continues as some merchants depart no stone unturned to mint cash amid the disaster just because there usually are not sufficient cylinders within the retail system.
An investigation revealed that value of 10.2 litre cylinder has gone as much as Rs 15,000 from round Rs 5,000. For a 13.5 litre cylinder, the value is one thing between Rs 25,000 and Rs 40,000.
“Individuals are able to pay even Rs 40,000, however we’re unable to provide as a result of scarcity of cylinders out there. On account of shortage, we determined promote solely oxygen not the entire cylinder. However individuals, who took it as soon as, wouldn’t return. From 27 cylinders a month again, we now have solely 10. We’re getting greater than 100 calls a day,” mentioned a city-based dealer.
Even volunteers supplying oxygen to the needy really feel the pinch as merchants demand two to a few instances the precise value citing the non-availability of enough variety of moveable or jumbo cylinders.
Sources mentioned, the State has round 27,000 cylinders, together with 18,000 B-type and 9,000 D-type, all in authorities management now.
Earlier, the cylinders have been routed by means of the license holding sellers and retailers. Now, there is no such thing as a information on what number of is in circulation as rising demand has led to hoarding and profiteering.
Whereas main non-public hospitals in Bhubaneswar have oxygen tanks and get their provide by means of tankers, authorities hospitals, together with the medical faculties, are totally depending on the provision by means of cylinders.
With lively instances gone previous 80,000, greater than twice the quantity throughout final yr’s peak, the variety of sufferers getting remedy in residence isolation has elevated manifold.
Not like the primary wave, extra Covid sufferers have been affected by breathlessness, resulting in a higher want for oxygen this time.
Merchants allege that the federal government has taken full management over oxygen cylinders leaving little scope for the commodity to be out there in retail market.
Oxygen is on the market however the place are the cylinders?
“The federal government allowed individuals for remedy at residence and therefore, there ought to be provision for oxygen to be procured from the market. What’s going to a affected person do when his/her oxygen degree falls? Individuals are able to pay, however we’re unable to provide,” they mentioned, Further Chief Secretary of Well being PK Mohapatra, nevertheless, mentioned there is no such thing as a shortage of oxygen within the State because the requirement is just about 45 metric tonne.
“We now have already issued buy orders for 18,000 cylinders of each B and D-type and sought 10,000 jumbo oxygen cylinders and 20,000 B-type cylinders apart from 5 cryogenic oxygen tanks of 10,000 litre every and 30,000 flowmeter from the Centre,” he added.
Not simply cylinders, value of oxygen concentrators and flowmeters has additionally surged. A concentrator, which was out there for Rs 35,000 a month again, now prices one lakh.
The worth of flowmeter has elevated from Rs 750 to Rs 4500. The day by day manufacturing of oxygen now stands at round 500 metric tonne, together with 375 tonne of liquid medical oxygen (LMO).