The Gautam Buddh Nagar administration on Thursday said the Indian Air Force is helping the district with the movement of medical oxygen amid a growing demand for it due to a rising number of COVID-19 cases.
The administration said it has launched “Mission Sanjeevani” for meeting the oxygen requirements of the coronavirus patients and a request was made to the IAF, which is helping with the quick transport of the life-saving gas from far-off states.
“As many as 250 oxygen cylinders have been procured from Chennai and transported to the Hindon air base (in adjoining Ghaziabad district) with the help of the IAF. Rapid response teams (RRTs) are monitoring the situation to ensure that there is no shortage of oxygen in any hospitals of Gautam Buddh Nagar,” District Magistrate (DM) Suhas L Y said.
“The IAF is also helping in sending two tankers with a capacity of 20 metric tonnes and 15 metric tonnes — totalling 35 metric tonnes– to Ranchi and Jamshedpur for oxygen procurement. These tankers will come by road to Gautam Buddh Nagar after procuring oxygen,” he was quoted as saying in an official statement.
The request to the IAF for the job was made under provisions of the Disaster Management Act, Suhas said.
The IAS officer said once the oxygen from Ranchi and Jamshedpur in Jharkhand arrives, it will be distributed to various hospitals, for the patients in home isolation through resident welfare associations (RWAs) and apartment owners’ associations (AOAs).