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COVID-19: Ensures free movement of vehicles carrying medical oxygen along inter-state borders

By PTI

New Delhi: The Center on Friday directed the states to ensure uninterrupted movement of vehicles carrying medical oxygen along their borders and said that they should not put any restriction on the production and supply of essential public health goods anywhere.

Union Home Secretary Ajay Kumar Bhalla’s interaction with the chief secretaries of all states and union territories took place over the last few days following reports of medical oxygen deficiency for COVID-19 patients in different parts of the country.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi also on Friday Made a comprehensive review It is said to ensure adequate medical grade oxygen supply in the country and to speed up its production.

In a communication sent to the Chief Secretaries of the States / UTs, the Union Home Secretary stated that there is no restriction on the inter-state and inter-state movement of persons and goods as announced in the guidelines on 23 March.

He said that the country has seen a sharp rise in COVID-19 cases along with high positivity rates in the last few days, and certain activities in various states and union territories, to break the chain of infection and prevent the spread of infection. , Imposed additional restrictions on curfew and others.

Bhalla said that the availability of adequate and uninterrupted supply of medical oxygen is an important pre-requisite for the management of moderate and severe cases of COVID-19 and that with increasing cases, the supply of medical oxygen will have to keep pace with the requirements of the states .

The Home Secretary emphasized that medical oxygen is an essential public health commodity and any bottleneck in its supply in the country can severely affect the management of patients suffering from COVID-19 disease in other parts of the country.

Therefore, you are requested to ensure that no such restriction is placed on the movement of medical oxygen between the States and the Union Territories and the transport authorities will be instructed to carry oxygen accordingly, the letter said. To allow free inter-state movement of vehicles.

Bhalla told the states that there would be no restriction on oxygen manufacturers and suppliers to limit the supply of oxygen only to the hospitals in the state in which they are located and that there would be free movement of oxygen carrying vehicles to cities, without any While also enabling inter-city supplies without restriction.

Keeping in mind the requirement of medical oxygen and ensuring its smooth supply to the concerned agencies, Empowered Group-EL, which is mandated to coordinate medical logistics including oxygen, has formulated a supply plan which will be followed by all states / This is required to be done by the union territories. Related agencies, he said.

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