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Oxygen crisis at Jumbo Hospital, PCMC searching for suppliers daily; patients unaffected

The problem with oxygen supply started three days back when one of the contractors suddenly stopped supply to the Jumbo Covid Hospital.

Written by Manoj Dattatrye More | Pune |
Updated: April 21, 2021 12:34:37 am
The PCMC Jumbo Covid-19 Hospital.

The 816-bed Jumbo Covid Hospital, run by the Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation in Nehrunagar, is facing an oxygen supply problem for the past three days as the designated contractor has stopped supplying oxygen to the hospital.

All top officials, including PCMC commissioner, FDA joint commissioner and divisional commissioner, are making efforts to restore smooth supply of oxygen to the hospital.

“We are facing oxygen supply problem to the Jumbo Covid Hospital for the last three days. All top officials are making efforts to get adequate oxygen supply to the jumbo hospital,” Deputy Municipal Commissioner Smita Zagade told The Indian Express. “In the past three days, oxygen has been procured from different suppliers. So, the jumbo hospital has not experienced any shortage,” she said.

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“The contractor was providing 40 metric tonne of oxygen daily to the Jumbo Hospital and YCM hospital. Of this, 20 metric tonne was provided to the Jumbo Hospital. But three days ago, the contractor told us that his supply had depleted and he was not in a position to provide oxygen to the jumbo hospital, though he said he will provide 20 metric tonne to YCM hospital,” Zagade said.

After this, Zagade said they searched for oxygen suppliers and managed to get 20-22 metric tonne oxygen every day for last three days. “The Divisional Commissioner, PCMC commissioner and FDA joint commissioner are helping us in this task,” she said.

PCMC officials said five civic-run hospitals need at least 60 metric tonne of oxygen every day. “Jumbo and YCMH get 20 tonne each and the rest is provided to the other three hospitals,” he said.

Dr Sangram Kapale said, in-charge of the Jumbo Covid hospital, said, “The hospital needs 12 metric tonne oxygen every day and the rest eight tonne is stored in the oxygen tank. So far, we have not experienced any shortage of oxygen and so, there is no question of patients being affected,” he said.

The 800-bed Jumbo Hospital is filled to capacity. More than 700 patients are on oxygen support.

PCMC spokesperson Shirish Poredi said, “We are taking care of the oxygen supply to our hospitals. So far, there is no shortage.”

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