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MP Prathap Simha inaugurates Oxygen Generator Plant at Yadavgiri railway hospital

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Mysuru: Mysuru- Kodagu MP Pratap Simha on Thursday inaugurated the newly installed Pressure Swing Adsorption 500 LPM (Litre per minute) Oxygen Generator Plant at Divisional Railway Hospital, Yadavagiri, Mysuru. The plant is built at an estimated cost of Rs 80 lakh.

In his opening address, Rahul Agarwal, Divisional Railway Manager, South Western railway stated that “history would surely remember the contributions of Indian Railways in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic. On the one hand, Indian Railways kept the national supply chains intact, while on the other, they ensured that all other core business interests were pursued earnestly,” he added.

Throughout the testing times of the Covid-19 pandemic, Indian Railways demonstrated a high degree of moral strength and the ability to rise to the occasion, said DRM.

Agarwal also said that the Oxygen express trains operated by the Indian Railways extraordinarily served the nation and were a game-changer in the fight against Covid-19 when India grappled with the devastating second wave in April-May this year. No other transporter could have ever matched the speed of response together with the high quality of service to the critically emergent circumstances at that time, he observed.

Different states received Liquid Medical Oxygen of over 20,000 tonnes in this period. In addition, Indian Railways’ freight business played a pivotal role in connecting the demand-supply centers for different medical equipment, personal protective equipment (PPE) kits, and even ventilators to supplement the efforts of the health care delivery system in India, said DRM.

He informed that a massive capacity enhancement was planned in 86 Railway Hospitals across India Railways, including the Railway Hospital in Mysuru. The new facility ensures that all Railway Covid management hospitals have the service of a dedicated Oxygen Plant for treating patients in extreme emergencies, said DRM.

The Railway Hospital in Mysore is a 101 bedded hospital with 74 beds earmarked for the management of the Covid patients. Jumbo oxygen cylinders and oxygen concentrators were in use before to meet the oxygen requirement at the hospital. With the installation of the 500 LPM Oxygen Generator plant, all the 101 beds in the hospital have turned into Oxygenated beds. This plant can generate ‘On Demand Oxygen’ by taking atmospheric air and produce 500 litres of oxygen per minute. Not only is the process efficient and easy to operate/maintain, but also environment friendly, said Agarwal.

The Railway Hospital, Mysuru has seen a phenomenal improvement in recent times. The installation of the new plant will augment the medical-grade oxygen requirement of the hospital. It has heralded a new era of upgraded infrastructure to handle medical emergencies that help in improving the facilities at the Divisional Railway Hospital, Mysuru.

In his address Pratap Simha lauded the efforts of Indian Railways in the fight against the Covid pandemic. He thanked the Prime Minister of India for his personal involvement in providing the Medical Oxygen plants at more than 1200 locations across the country.

He expressed happiness at the way Mysuru Division was progressing under the dynamic leadership of the DRM Rahul Agarwal.

A Devasahayam, Additional Divisional Railway Manager, G S Ramachandra, Chief Medical Superintendent, SW Railway Hospital and other senior officials were present, according to Dr Manjunath Kanamadi, Senior Divisional Commercial Manager and PRO.

– Team Mysoorunews

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