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Bihar plans to increase the availability of medicinal oxygen in state-run institutions by August.

Bihar plans to increase the availability of medicinal oxygen in state-run institutions by August.

Thirteen cryogenic liquid medical oxygen (LMO) tanks and a thirty-bed Covid-19 dedicated pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) would be set up at ten existing state-run medical colleges in Bihar by August 31 as part of the state’s preparations for the third wave of the pandemic, according to the government.

Key Summary

  • Ten existing state-run medical colleges in Bihar will set up cryogenic liquid medical oxygen (LMO) tanks and dedicated pediatric intensive care units (PICUs) by August 31.
  • Around the same time, 36 district hospitals in the state would establish separate PICUs for Covid 19 patients.
  • During the peak of the second wave of the pandemic in April and May, there was a sharp increase in oxygen demand.

Officials said that cryogenic liquid medical oxygen (LMO) tanks and dedicated pediatric intensive care units (PICUs) with a capacity of 30 beds would be established at ten existing state-run medical colleges in Bihar by August 31 as part of the government’s preparations for the third wave of the pandemic.

According to officials, a 10-bed PICU dedicated to Covid-19 patients would be established at each of the state’s 36 district hospitals around the same time.

The Patna Medical College Hospital (PMCH), the Nalanda Medical College Hospital (NMCH), and the Indira Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences (IGIMS), all in Patna, as well as the Darbhanga Medical College Hospital at Laheriasarai in Darbhanga, will each have two cryogenic LMO tanks with a 20-kilolitre capacity each for the storage of medical oxygen for patients.

Each of the remaining six institutions, which include the Anugrah Narayan Magadh Medical College Hospital (ANMMCH) in Gaya, the Sri Krishna Medical College Hospital (SKMCH) in Muzaffarpur, the Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College Hospital (JLNMCH) in Bhagalpur, the Vardhaman Institute of Medical Sciences (VIMS) in Pawapuri (Nalanda), and the Government Medical College Hospitals in Bettiah and Mad

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