900 tonnes oxygen stocked in country to treat COVID patients: Maleque

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Dailynewsun Desk:

Health and Family Welfare Minister Zahid Maleque on Thursday said the government has stocked 900 tonnes of oxygen to treat COVID-19 patients while at present, the daily demand of oxygen is 70 to 80 tonnes for both general and coronavirus patients in the country.

“The demand of oxygen was 210 tonnes during the peak period of second wave of COVID-19…current production capacity of oxygen in the country is 220 to 230 tonnes,” he told a virtual discussion on “Public-Private preparedness and emergency oxygen management to face second wave of COVID-19”, an official release said.

Referring to neighboring country India’s severe shortfall of oxygen, Maleque said the government has stocked 900 tonnes of oxygen to face any devastating situation of coronavirus, that may arise in future.

He said, “A total of 450 tonnes have been stocked at public hospitals across the country. We will collect 40 tonnes of oxygen from a private company in next month while 40 more tonnes will be collected from another private company in the month of July.”