Centre to step up supply of oxygen, medicines to Telangana

Centre’s decision comes in the wake of the Telangana HC’s orders to provide Covid treatment to patients from other States who are coming to Hyderabad

By   |  Published: 15th May 2021  11:32 pmUpdated: 16th May 2021  12:08 am

Hyderabad: The Union government has decided to increase the supply of oxygen, Remdesivir injections and also vaccines to the State from Monday as part of measures to contain the spread of Covid-19 pandemic.

Union Railway Minister Piyush Goyal telephoned Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao on Saturday night and informed about the Centre’s decision. The Centre’s decision comes in the wake of the Telangana High Court’s orders to provide Covid-19 treatment to patients from other States who are coming to Hyderabad, which has become a major challenge for the State.

To extend necessary support to the State government, Prime Minister Narendra Modi instructed Piyush Goyal to immediately enhance the supply of oxygen, vaccines and Remdesivir injections to Telangana State as well as inform Chief Minister Chandrashekhar Rao about the same.

In a telephonic conversation, the Union Minister told the Chief Minister that the Telangana’s quota of Remdesivir injections was being increased from the existing 5,500 vials to 10,500 from Monday. Further, the Centre will also supply an additional 200 tonnes of oxygen to Telangana in the wake of the State government’s requests to enhance the oxygen supply from the existing 400 tonnes to 600 tonnes considering the increased demand.

Piyush Goyal said it has been decided to supply oxygen to Telangana State from the oxygen plants at Bhilai in Chhattisgarh, Angul in Odisha and Durgapur in West Bengal. He urged the Chief Minister to coordinate the oxygen supply with the officials concerned in this regard. He informed that the Centre will also enhance the supply of Covid-19 vaccines to Telangana as per the request made by the Chief Minister.

The Union Minister suggested the Chief Minister to give priority to administering the second dose and the latter assured that the State government was giving priority to the second dose.

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