Arunachal Pradesh chief minister Pema Khandu on Wednesday inaugurated two oxygen plants at the Tomo Riba Institute of Health and Medical Sciences (TRIHMS) at Naharlagun and the Dedicated Covid Hospital (DCH) at Chimpu, both in Papum Pare district.

While the capacity of the oxygen plant at TRIHMS is 600 LPM, that of the Covid Hospital is 500 LPM.

Khandu on behalf of the people of the state expressed gratitude to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) for donating the plants.

The third plant of 300 LPM capacity, also donated by UNDP, is under installation at the Bakin Pertin General Hospital (BPGH) at Pasighat in East Siang district and will be functional soon.

Khandu informed that another 1000 LPM oxygen generator will be installed at TRIHMS soon by Defence Research Development Organization.

“Oxygen support has been provided to all district hospitals, dedicated Covid hospitals and dedicated Covid health centres,” said Khandu

This is also being extended to community health centres and select public health centres and some Covid Care Centres (CCCs) to achieve our target of making available 1000 beds with oxygen supply by July end,” he said.

The state at present has 815 beds with oxygen supply.

A total of nine oxygen generation plants are operational at Aalo, Seppa,  Tezu, Tawang, Yingkiong and Ziro.

Further 5 UNICEF supported oxygen plants are in advanced stages of being commissioned and are expected to be operational before July 15.

The state at present has 63 Covid care centres, 35 dedicated Covid health centres and two dedicated Covid hospitals at Chimpu and Pasighat with 33 ICU beds.

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“We now have two Rt-PCR labs, one each at BPGH, Pasighat and TRIHMS and True-Nat labs in all districts. And for mild home isolation cases we are providing medical kits and patients are regularly being monitored by 73 rapid response teams,” he said.

Lauding the healthcare workers, Khandu credited them for the state’s daily Covid-19 test average that stands at 3,286 per million of population, as against the WHO recommended daily test per million population of 140.

DAMIEN LEPCHA

Damien Lepcha is Northeast Now Correspondent in Arunachal Pradesh. He can be reached at: lepcharaul@gmail.com