Considering the oxygen shortage during the second wave of COVID 19, the Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC) decided to become self-sufficient in terms of oxygen availability for the possible third wave of COVID 19. Now, the work of one of the five portable oxygen generator plants have been completed and the remaining will be completed by July 31.
During a review meeting, Abhijit Bangar, the municipal commissioner directed that the construction work of the remaining four oxygen plants would be completed by July 31. He also directed to complete the work of the two plants for oxygen storage within the stipulated time frame.
In addition, he also instructed to expedite the process to increase the number of dura oxygen cylinders. According to officials from the civic health department, the oxygen generators are being set up at civic hospitals in Vashi, Airoli and Nerul and COVID care centre.
In the wake of the Delta Plus variant transition, the civic body has been targeting for testing in the hotspot area to detect all patients with COVID positivity and prevent their movement by isolating them and preventing further transmission of the viruses. In addition, the testing was also being conducted in the mall on Saturday and Sunday. However, as per the new level 3 restrictions, the testing will not take place in malls as they are closed now. But the civic body has not started the testing t the market and bus depot.
While reviewing the setting up of ICU facilities at Nerul and Airoli hospitals, Bangar directed the engineering department to complete the work by July 31. Simultaneously, he also instructed the health department to continue the process of providing health related equipment, machinery, and medicines and to complete it by July 31.