Three oxygen plants at the Gauhati Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) in Assam’s Guwahati have become operational.
Health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma announced this on Twitter on Monday.
The minister said that these plants will greatly aid in timely supply of oxygen to Covid-19 patients in the Kamrup (Metro) district, which is recording the highest number of active cases in the state at present.
These plants have been set up with assistance from the Union government.
A total of 1844 fresh Covid-19 cases were detected in Assam on Sunday, with 791 in Kamrup (Metro) alone.
The disease claimed another 14 lives on Sunday, taking the total death toll to 1,200.
There are 15,470 active cases in the state at present.
On the other hand, Assam is planning to bring in oxygen from Bhutan to ease the oxygen crisis.
Minister of state for health and family welfare Pijush Hazarika and Rajya Sabha MP Biswajit Daimary on Sunday visited the oxygen plant at Samdrup Jhankhar in Bhutan.
The plant will produce 50 metric tonnes of oxygen per day once it becomes operational.
As Assam continues scaling up its infrastructure and resources for the #COVIDEmergency2021, we're glad that our three Oxygen plants at GMCH, which we have set up with the help of Government of India, are functional now.@PMOIndia @MoHFW_INDIA pic.twitter.com/W8pwG78STr
— Himanta Biswa Sarma (@himantabiswa) April 26, 2021