39,000 vaccines also arrive
DIMAPUR, MAY 16: Nagaland is expected to receive 2000 oxygen cylinders of two different types within 10-15 days, according to a Health official.
“I have signed all the MoUs today and sent to the firms,” the Principal Director of Health and Family Welfare, Dr Neikhrielie Khimiao, told Nagaland Page on Sunday.
He said that out of the 2000 cylinders procured, 1200 were D-type (40-60 litre capacity) which has been funded by the World Bank. The remaining 800 cylinders are B-type (10 litre capacity).
“We should not be facing any problem with these in tow. We are expecting to receive them within 10-15 days. Even if it gets delayed, latest by three weeks we will get them,” the Principal Director said.
Neikhrielie also informed that Pressure Swing Adsorption (PSA) oxygen generators for all the districts are expected to arrive on May 20.
“Over and above, we are also procuring 600 oxygen concentrators of 10 LPM (Litre Per Minute) capacity. All these will very much suffice the critically-ill patients,” he said, adding that the State is purchasing “slightly beyond our requirement” in order to cover for any eventuality.
He said that the Department has written to the private hospitals, to relay the message that it is ready to help them with supply of oxygen. “Pertaining to oxygen supply, in my opinion, this is quite sufficient,” said the Doctor.
Another consignment of vaccine
The Principal Director informed that Nagaland had received around 39,000 vaccines from the supplier on May 15.
“The Centre bore 50% of the cost and the remaining 50% was paid by the State,” he said. Those vaccines, meant for persons aged between 18 and 44, would be dispatched to the districts on Monday, he added.
Neikhrielie said that the latest consignment was “not sufficient”, and the State will procure more.
Asked about the Department’s plan to vaccinate those living in the villages ~ where access to online registrations is hampered by poor connectivity~ the Principal Director said that respective District Programme Officers and District Task Forces will work out ways to ensure vaccine access to the villagers.
(Page News Service)