Govt acting with sensitivity, speed to meet increased oxygen demand: Modi


Noting that the surge in COVID-19 cases has led to sharp increase in the demand for oxygen in different parts of the country, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said work to increase oxygen production is taking place at several levels and steps have also been taken to ramp up availability of hospital beds.

In his address to the nation, PM Modi said the work is being made with sensitivity and speed to meet the increased demand for medical oxygen because of second wave of the pandemic.

He also said the government has now allowed vaccination for each adult starting May 1.

“The demand for oxygen has seen sharp increase in many parts of the country because of corona crisis. The Centre, state governments, private sector are trying to make oxygen to be had to all those who are in need of it. Many steps are being taken in this direction,” he said.

“Work is on to increase the number of beds in hospitals. In some cities, large COVID-19 committed hospitals are being built,” he added .

The Prime Minister said he understands the pain of people that have missing their relatives and friends because of the disease.

“I understand the pain you’re going through and express my sympathies to the families who have missing their loved ones because of COVID-19.”

He said the challenge before the country is big but “we need to overcome it with our get to the bottom of, courage and preparation”.

The Prime Minister said India with two ‘made in India’ vaccines started the world’s largest vaccination programme. “Till now, more than 12 crore vaccine doses have been administered. From May 1, those above the age of 18 years will also be vaccinated.”

The Prime Minister had earlier in the day interacted with vaccine manufacturers in the country via video conferencing and urged them to frequently scale up the production capacity to vaccinate people in the shortest imaginable time.

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