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Acute shortage: 22 states seek oxygen, push demand up 67%

Apr 29, 2021 13:55 IST | By Editorji News Desk

The demand for medical oxygen increased 67 per cent in nine days to April 24, according to information collated from official oxygen allocation orders. Data further shows the demand spread from 12 states on April 15 to 22 states on April 24. Official records show that Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan had on April 15 written to 12 states informing them about oxygen allocation against their demand for the week beginning April 20. The states had cumulatively demanded 4,880 metric tonnes of medical oxygen for the week beginning April 20. Within ten days, Health Ministry joint secretary Nipun Vinayak wrote another letter to the states informing them about allocation against their demand for oxygen from April 25 onwards. This letter showed that the number of states seeking oxygen allocation from the Centre has risen to 22. Also, their combined demand had risen to 8,172 MT a day, 67 per cent higher than the combined demand shown in the Health Secretary’s April 15 letter.

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