New Delhi, May 10 (ILNS) The Delhi High Court will tomorrow hear the plea seeking directions to both the Lieutenant Governor and the Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi (GNCTD) to frame guidelines for hospitals to create an ‘Oxygen Master Plan,’ including mandatory directions to hospitals to have their own Oxygen Plants as a licensing requirement for hospital, arrangement of Oxygen tankers, Uninterrupted Oxygen supply points and Oxygen ambulances.
The plea, filed by Jaswinder Singh Jolly through Advocate Naginder Benipal and Harpreet Singh Hora, submitted that the self-reliance of hospitals having their own Oxygen supply chain in the form of Oxygen plants on the lines of hospitals in Indore, West Bengal, Commonwealth Covid Care Village (Delhi) is imperative, in order to prevent the largescale loss of life, which has happened in Delhi during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The plea averred that Delhi has also faced the problem of air pollution due to which people have faced health issues and the said problem of air pollution would be another catalyst in deterioration of people’s respiratory system and thus, medical oxygen is a necessity in the present times and the future also.
It said, “guidelines for ‘Oxygen Master Plan,’ including mandatory directions to hospitals to have their own individual Oxygen Plants, Uninterrupted Oxygen supply points and Oxygen ambulances, are necessary in the hospitals of Delhi.”
The petitioner submitted that Medical oxygen is critical to treatment of COVID as well as Non-COVID patients. The entire available capacity of oxygen is used for supply for industrial and medical use, which is in the form of Liquid Medical Oxygen.
The major suppliers for both industrial and medical oxygen are steel plants in the public and private sectors. Private entities and hospitals in Delhi are completely dependent on those external entities for their Oxygen and are not self-reliant, as on date.
It said the state of Delhi is not ‘Oxygen rich’ in terms of medical oxygen, as the same is not produced evenly in India. Some states are oxygen-producing states, such as Maharashtra, Rajasthan and Jharkhand, but the state of Delhi does not have the production capacity and rely on supply of oxygen from oxygen producing States, thereby such guidelines and mandatory provisions are necessary to prevent any loss of life in Delhi’s hospitals in the present, as well as coming future. ILNS/KR/RJ