When the entire nation, including the district, is grappling with a shortage of life-saving gas due to the rise in Covid-19 cases, health facilities in Chitwan district have been working to increase the capacity of oxygen plants.
Since the output from their plants is insufficient to meet the current demand, two medical colleges and the Bharatpur Hospital must seek assistance from oxygen industries to manage oxygen gas for the Covid-19 patients.
The Old Medical College’s Gaindakot-based oxygen plant is growing. Dr. Manohar Pradhan, the hospital’s residential director, said the hospital plant can produce 400 cylinders of gas in 24 hours and is being expanded to produce more than 200 cylinders.
This week, the hospital expects to see more production. The medical college needs 300 cylinders a day.
Chitwan Medical College, meanwhile, has begun operating a new plant with a regular capacity of 600 cylinders.
Dr. Harish Chandra Neupane, the hospital’s chair and managing director, said they hoped to see plant equipment installed within a week. The hospital plant currently produces around 200 cylinders per day, but demand is double that: around 400 cylinders.
In a similar vein, the Bharatpur Hospital intends to add another vine. Dr Bhojraj Adhikari, chair of the Hospital Development Committee, said they had been assured of a Rs 120 million allocation from the Ministry of Health and Population to construct a new plant.
According to him, the hospital will take steps in that direction shortly. Currently, the hospital produces about 75 cylinders a day, compared to a daily consumption of 200 cylinders.
Deepak Tiwari, the chief of the District Public Health Office in Chitwan, said the district-based hospital currently needs 1,200 cylinders, despite the fact that total output is only 880. In the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, the district is facing a regular shortage of 320 cylinders.