by NEWSNER , 2021-04-26 09:03:36
Assam Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Sunday said that the government has made arrangements to import oxygen from neighboring Bhutan.
Speaking to reporters here, Sarma said there'll be no shortage of Remdesivir as he requested drug manufacturer Sun Pharma to expedite the assembly at its Palasbari plant to 80,000 vials per week.
"Regarding oxygen, we've moved ahead. there's a replacement oxygen plant being found out in Bhutan. Today, we've made arrangements to acquire oxygen from there," he said.
Sarma further said that the Assam government wasn't conscious of an oxygen plant in Dimapur in Nagaland, and now it'll sign a Memorandum of Understanding with the neighboring state for procurement.
"The oxygen level that we will manage, I feel there'll not be any problem until several thousand patients reach the hospitals," he added.
The health minister visited Sun Pharma's Palasbari plant near Guwahati during the day.
"We have excellent news. We were checking out Remdesivir across the planet. I didn't know that Remdesivir was being manufactured in Assam. once I visited the Sun Pharma plant at Palasbari this morning, I came to understand that 80,000 Remdesivirs are often produced hebdomadally in Assam," he added.
He requested the corporate to proportion the assembly to make sure that there's no shortage within the state.
"ICU beds have also been ramped up. I think we'll be ready to manage the COVID-19 crisis in no time like last year," Sarma said.
When asked about the likelihood of lockdown in Assam, he said there's no necessity for any such drastic step at this moment.
"When can we announce a lockdown? it's done when there's no oxygen, injection, medicine, kit in hospitals, then we get temporary relief by implementing lockdown."
There is a lockdown in Delhi because the Delhi CM himself said there's no oxygen.
"But, everything is there in Assam as of now. So, there's no need for brooding about a lockdown. The way we are managing the items, i feel the prospect of lockdown in Assam is extremely rare," the minister said.
The total closure of educational institutions within the state is going to be decided after May 2, he said.