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Wednesday May 12th, 2021
Health

Sri Lanka orders more oxygen cylinders in new Covid-19 wave

Health Minister Pavithra Wanniarachchi

ECONOMYNEXT- Sri Lanka has ordered more oxygen cylinders as the number of Coronavirus patients admitted to hospitals began to rise in a third wave, Health Minister Pavithra Wanniarachchi said.

Sri Lanka’s hospital system currently has 24,000 medical oxygen cylinders and 4,000 jumbo cylinders.

Wanniarachchi said the problem is not oxygen but cylinders to store oxygen to distribute throughout the country.

“We have ordered 7000 more jumbo cylinders to store Oxygen and we expect 400 by the end of the week,” Wanniarachci told the parliament.

Several hospitals in Sri Lanka have piped oxygen from a liquefied gas tank.

Ceylon Oxygen one of the two oxygen producers in Sri Lanka has suggested installing tanks in major hospitals, a report said.

Wanniarachchi said the country has the capacity to produce four times the required amount of oxygen in-country at the moment.

“The required amount of oxygen in hospitals is 25 tons,” Wanniarachchi said.

“However, we have the capacity to increase it up to 80 tons.”

Ceylon Oxygen, a unit of Linde AG is the top supplier of medical oxygen. Another firm Industrial Gases also produces the gas.

There are also oxygen concentrators in the market that can produce gas from air, which can be plugged into a wall socket and connected to ventilators for individual patients.

Several hospitals in Sri Lanka have piped oxygen facilities supplied from a large liquefied gas tank.

Ceylon Oxygen one of two oxygen producers in Sri Lanka has suggested the installation of more such tanks in major hospitals, a report said.

Sri Lanka’s The Morning newspaper said Ceylon Oxygen had written to the Director General of Health Services suggesting that 10 large liquefied gas tanks imported for hospitals that already have such facilities be fitted to ones that are using cylinders.

These are Colombo South Teaching Hospital in Kalubowila, the Teldeniya Base Hospital, the General Hospital Kalutara, the Puttalam Base Hospital, the Chilaw Base Hospital, the Teaching Hospital Kurunegala, the Minuwangoda Base Hospital, the Mulleriyawa Base Hospital, the Karawanella Base Hospital, and the Nawalapitiya Base Hospital, the newspaper said.

The firm had also suggested that Covid-19 patients be kept in hospitals within 200 kilometers of Colombo so that there are no undue delays in distributing the gas.

Ceylon Oxygen has also suggested that its staff be vaccinated against Coronavirus. (Colombo/May05/2021)

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