Green corridor, oxygen audit committee, control room for better oxygen supply in Delhi hospitals | Delhi News – Times of India

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NEW DELHI: Amid many hospitals left with few hours of oxygen and some with no oxygen, Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) on Thursday asked Delhi Police to provide a green corridor for all oxygen tankers from point of entry to the designated destination when they arrive from other states.
It also deputed senior officers for controlling, coordinating and facilitating the supply of oxygen to health establishments.
DDMA also asked to establish a 24×7 control room manned by a SDM level officer for grievances redressal and ordered all hospitals to appoint a hospital oxygen audit committee for supervising and rationalizing the use of medical oxygen.
Delhi has no oxygen plant and all its requirements are met by oxygen plants from other states. Many hospitals, where several patients are on oxygen support, have already sent SOS messages.
Allocation and supply of oxygen to hospitals of central government, Delhi government and private hospitals will be strictly regulated as per Centre’s allocation orders. It will be supervised by IAS officer Ashish Verma who is OSD in the health and family welfare department of the Delhi government. He will be assisted by two senior officers.
DDMA ordered that IAS officer Udit Prakash Rai will be responsible for ensuring smooth and seamless movement of tankers till the borders of Delhi and will sort out and redress all the issues pertaining to the suppliers, state and central government. The AAP government has claimed that other states are stopping the supply from oxygen plants based in their jurisdictions earmarked for Delhi.
Another IAS officer Vijay Bidhuri has been made responsible for controlling, coordinating and facilitating the supply of oxygen to hospitals. A 24×7 control room will function under him. It will also operate a help desk manned by a SDM level officer and 8 other officers for redressing all the grievances and complaints received from the central hospitals, Delhi government hospitals and private hospitals within half an hour of the receipt of the grievances and complaints.
“If the grievances/complaints received are not redressed within half an hour, then it shall be the responsibility of Vijay Bidhuri to look into the said complaints/grievances and resolve the same,” DDMA order stated. Health department will issue a separate order constituting the help desks which will function 24×7.
Delhi Police has been asked to monitor movement of oxygen tankers and keep a record of entry and exit of tankers through various check posts and the same will be conveyed to the control room immediately.
A green corridor will be provided for all tankers from point of entry to the designated destination. Muktesh Chander, special commissioner of police has been appointed nodal officer and is supposed to provide all help, support and security logistics in respect of movements of all tankers from the manufacturer sites to the various central government, Delhi government and private hospitals.
“All hospitals shall appoint an audit committee for supervising and rationalizing the use of medical oxygen. The committee shall also collect data on usage and stock of oxygen and shall furnish daily data and information as required by the government from time to time,” DDMA order stated.
It also directed the hospitals to appoint nodal officers who will be available round the clock for any matter relating to the coordination and redressal of grievances pertaining to supply of medical oxygen.



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