Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma launching oxygen generation plants at civil hospitals in Tura (Images courtesy: Twitter/Conrad Sangma)
Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma today launched oxygen generation plants at three civil hospitals in Tura, Nongpoh and Jowai to provide intensive care treatment to the critically ill Covid-19 patients.
Using Pressure Swing Adsorption (PSA) technology to produce up to 800 litres of oxygen per minute, the facilities are part of a total of eight oxygen generation plants being installed in the Northeast states of Meghalaya, Nagaland and Tripura with the help of the government of Japan and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
They will have the capacity to serve approximately 1,300 beds.
"I would like to express my sincere appreciation to the government of Japan and UNDP, in enabling Meghalaya to fight against Covid in a much stronger way. The true nature of friendship can be confirmed in times of difficulty like now," stated Sangma.
He also thanked the UNDP staff on the ground who have worked tirelessly to set up the plants in a very timely manner. To support the Indian government's ongoing Covid-19 response, UNDP together with the government of Japan's support is strengthening the health and social protection systems, most importantly reviving the livelihoods, targeting the most vulnerable population.
"Japan is always happy to provide development assistance to the northeast, where we feel a special historical and cultural closeness. I hope that these oxygen generating plants will serve well and help as many people as possible for a long time to come,” said Satoshi Suzuki, Japan's Ambassador to India.
UNDP also said that it stands committed to supporting the government of India to fight Covid-19, in partnership with development partners and UN sister agencies.
"I am pleased that our several months of effort to provide end to end service, to install and set the oxygen generation plants up and running has come to fruition. Together, we can better prepare for future crises,” said Shoko Noda, UNDP Resident Representative in India.
Since June last year, Japan and UNDP India have been jointly supporting the Indian government's response to the Covid-19 pandemic through strengthening of health and social protection systems and reviving livelihoods.