The Minister for Minority Affairs said that the prime minister’s efforts to deal with the pandemic have yielded results and more than 1,500 medicinal oxygen plants have been installed or are being installed across the country under “PM-CARES.”
Speaking at the inauguration of one of the six medicinal oxygen plants, which is being installed by Radico Khaitan in various parts of Uttar Pradesh, in the Community health center in Rampur’s Bilaspur, Naqvi said that the six plants with a medical oxygen generating capacity of 20 cubic meters per hour are being installed in Bilaspur (Rampur), Bilhaur (Kanpur), Bhagwantpur (Prayagraj), Mahoba (Mahoba), Manjhanpur (Kaushambi) and Manikpur (Chitrakut).
He said that better facilities and resources provided by the administration, along with the caution and self-control of society, can free the country from the pandemic.
Prime Minister Modi’s commitment to the good health and well-being of the people has ensured that India emerges from the pandemic stronger than those nations that already had better health resources, he said in a statement from his office.
When the first wave of Covid arrived in India in 2020, there was a lack of resources to tackle the pandemic, but in a year, India has become self-sufficient in terms of ventilators, medicines, PPE equipment, N-95 masks, testing laboratories. . for coronavirus, ICU beds, Corona dedicated hospitals, medical oxygen, etc., Naqvi said.
From just 900 metric tons per day before January 2020, medical oxygen production has now increased to more than 9,000 MT per day, he said.
There are two Covid vaccines made in India available, more than 40 million people over the age of 18 have been vaccinated and more than 80,000 Corona vaccination centers are operating, he noted.
“There are more than 2,624 Corona testing labs in the country. More than forty-four crore twenty lakhs of Covid testing have been performed so far and on average more than 20 lakhs of testing are performed every day,” he said .
India currently has a local production capacity of more than 10 lakh of Covid test kits per day, he added.
More than 20,000 ICU beds are being added across the country, of which 20 percent will be pediatric ICU beds, Naqvi said.