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Oxygen Emergency: India is ready to import over 10,000 Oxygen concentrators

The central government has decided to import oxygen concentrators from abroad after India suffered a major oxygen supply crisis amid the surging COVID-19 pandemic.


In a report by ANI, the government sources revealed that an order of 10 thousand oxygen concentrators has been placed and oxygen concentrations supply will start from next week from the United States of America.

The government of India has tied with many private companies to meet the increasing demand for oxygen concentrators. “Next week, an Air India Flight will carry a large number of oxygen concentrators from  San Francisco to Delhi, likewise from Chicago too,” the government officials told ANI.

At present, many hospitals are out of oxygen and many others had to approach Delhi High Court on the uncertainty created due to no oxygen supply in the capital. In a statement to ANI, Daniel Mazon, Vice Chairman and Managing Director of Philips Indian Subcontinent, said that  Philips has designed many products specifically for COVID-19. These include ventilators, oxygen concentrators, ultrasounds, monitors and portable ICUs. He added that for the current demand for oxygen, Philips has significantly increased the global production of Oxygen concentrators and they are making it available in India at the earliest.

According to a letter obtained by ANI, the Centre has directed the Customs Department to quicken the customs clearances for imported shipments related to COVID-19 without any impediments.

A government order stated, “Requested that import of equipment for setting up RT-PCR labs, medical equipment, including oxygen-related equipment, etc”.

India has reported more than 3.46 lakh COVID-19 cases and people have died in the last 24 hours. Meanwhile, over 3 lakh cases were reported on the third consecutive day.