The Jammu and Kashmir government has accorded sanction for installation and commissioning of Medical Oxygen Generation Plants at five prominent hospitals across Jammu division besides construction of 50- bedded integrated AYUSH Hospital at Billawar in Kathua. At an estimated cost of Rs 2389.01 lakhs, these Oxygen Plants are being installed and commissioned at Super Speciality Hospital Jammu, Government Maternity Hospital Gandhi Nagar, Jammu, Government Chest Disease Hospital, Jammu, Associated Hospital, Government Medical College, Doda and District Hospital Reasi.Separate orders in this regard have been issued by the Department of Health and Medical Education, J&K Government, according to which sanctions are accorded to the administrative approval for `Supply, Installation, Testing and Commissioning of Medical Oxygen Generation Plants’ at these hospitals. An amount of Rs 1024.28 lakh has been approved for the installation and commissioning of Oxygen Generation Plant at Associated Hospital, Government Medical College, Doda while for Oxygen Plant at Super Speciality Hospital Jammu and Government Maternity Hospital Gandhi Nagar, Jammu, estimated costs of Rs 277.75 lakhs and Rs 253 lakh, respectively have been approved. Similarly, cost of Rs 411.07 lakh has been approved for the Oxygen Plant at Government Chest Disease Hospital, Jammu while for the District Hospital Reasi, Oxygen Plant at an estimated cost of Rs 422.91 lakh has been approved. As per the orders, there shall be no further cost and time overrun involved in the projects and set time shall be strictly adhered to. No escalation shall be admissible under any circumstances,” read the orders.
Official sources said that work on these projects will start soon and the same shall be executed strictly as per the devised conditions and details.
The installation of Oxygen Plants at these Government health institutions is very significant, particularly during the ongoing COVID times when the hospital authorities are facing tough time in treatment of the critical Corona positive patients, who need uninterrupted oxygen supply.
Pertinent to mention here that all the premier health institutions, including GMC Jammu have very few beds having ventilator support due to insufficient oxygen supply amid alarming spike in COVID-19 cases thus turning the situation quite serious.