Jagatsinghpur: Country’s one of leading steel makers JSW Steel, contributed an advanced oxygen plant and machinery to adequately cover the needs of people at Jagatsinghpur.

The oxygen plant has been installed at the District Headquarters Hospital (DHH) amid the third wave of Covid-19 outbreak.

“At JSW we believe in inclusive industrialization and we are consistently taking people along with us” said Ranjan Nayak, COO & spokesperson of JSW.

The company invested over Rs 42 lakh from its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) fund through JSW Foundation to install the state-of-the-art advanced machinery. This plant’s capacity is 400 LPM (liters per minute) of oxygen and it will cater to the12 beds in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) in the hospital and other high dependence units from the pediatrics department.

This is the second oxygen plant in the facility. Considering high oxygen demand during the outbreak, the Central Government had already established a 1,000-liter oxygen plant here at the Jagatsinghpur DHH, which is connected to 56 beds of the medicine department, sources said.

“We are currently conducting a thorough need assessment to identify critical needs areas at the plant site and trying our best to address them,” said PrasantaBiswal, Head Odisha CSR, JSW Foundation.

Later, the State Government and District Administration had a consultation with JSW for installing a critical care plant for the benefit of highly oxygen dependent patients in view of the patient load. So, the JSW installed the second plant.

Chakradhar Jena, District Programme Manager (DPM) Jagatsinghpur, National Health Mission (NHM) said that the out patient load of the facility on an average is about 700 per day and the existing 190 beds for inpatient care are filled to the strength. In such a situation, this intervention by JSW to cater to the paediatric unit is a welcome gesture, he said.

According to the report, many Covid-19 patients had died due to oxygen shortage during the peak of the second wave of the pandemic. Meanwhile, the two oxygen plants are expected to be beneficial for patient care here.