A day after the Goa Association of Resident Doctors exposed that the outdated trolley system for medical oxygen supply interrupts flow of oxygen in COVID wards of the Goa Medical College and Hospital, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Monday assured that the oxygen supply system at the hospital will soon be upgraded.
Interacting with media persons at the GMC, Sawant said, “When hospitals are built the latest available system is considered. The GMC has been using the old system for the oxygen supply. I agree that there has been a long-felt need to upgrade it. But anyway, we are now going to upgrade and even set up an oxygen storage tank within the premises of the GMC.”
It was pointed out to Sawant that it has been alleged that the government ‘tempered’ with the tendering process to favour a particular private oxygen supplier which discouraged other suppliers who eventually shut their business in Goa and shifted to neighbouring states.
Sawant got around giving a clear answer to the allegation stating that currently all oxygen suppliers in the state have been roped in by the government to supply the lifesaver to state-run COVID facilities.
“Currently there are four firms which supply oxygen to our facilities,” he said.
Sawant could not convincingly explain as to why the government failed to set up a medical oxygen manufacturing unit in Goa despite the central government sanctioning the same last year. “There was some delay… now we are setting up two oxygen plants in the state under the PM CARES Fund,” he said.