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Medical oxygen generation plant installed at CRH

Saturday, Jul 04, 2020 14:45 [IST]

Last Update: Saturday, Jul 04, 2020 09:10 [IST]

Medical oxygen generation plant installed at CRH

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GANGTOK: In a major relief to the people of Sikkim, Central Referral Hospital (CRH) Manipal here at Tadong has installed a very advanced VSA-based 93%, Medical Oxygen Generation Plant, manufactured by PCI Gases India Pvt. Ltd, India, a subsidiary of PCI Gases California, for generating oxygen for their hospital patients. The plant can produce up to 30 M3/hr of medical oxygen requirements of CRH.
“The plant incorporates an advanced PCI Gases patented technology (Reversible Blower Vacuum Swing Adsorption technology) that compresses only the purified Oxygen instead of compressing Air as in PSA technology. This results in the generator consuming less than half the electricity used by conventional PSA-based plants. The generator, an intelligent skid mounted plant also does functional in full capacity even at high altitudes,” informs a press release from CRH today.
The 550-bedded CRH under Sikkim Manipal University (SMU) caters to over 20,000 in-patients annually. Fifty per cent of the patients are treated at CGHS rates and 10 per cent are from the BPL category. It has 46 critical beds with 16790 bed days capacity with high oxygen requirement.
Siliguri was the nearest plant for oxygen cylinder procurement a big challenge during lockdown/ road blockade and cost to the hospital and thereby increasing cost for patient care.
“Keeping that in mind and the current Covid-19 pandemic and the challenges faced at hospitals, CRH in an effort to provide uninterrupted service to patients with special focus on those requiring critical care updated its technology and capacity by procuring and installing the state of the art, one of a kind oxygen generator plant at a cost of overRs. 1 crore,” said the CRH.
This procurement, installation happened in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic and lockdown where CRH maintained all quarantine protocols and social distancing with a lot of help and support from District Administration and State Health department.
The inauguration and go live was conducted over video conferencing on June 15 by SMU vice chancellor M.D.Venkatesh from the facility quarantine with senior authorities of SMU and CRH joining the conference from their offices. The technical personnel activated the machine onsite.
“This comes as an immense relief at a time when there is a pressing need to provide oxygen therapy to critical patients admitted at CRH where access and mobility to higher centres outside is a challenge to patients and their family. With a mission is to provide all necessary and every possible State-of-the-art health care service within the State. The CRH, SMU is committed to aspire and make these facilities accessible to the people of Sikkim within the state. Each year there has been small yet significant progress in our endeavour towards achieving this goal. This addition to our facility is one big milestone covered.  The type of plant is present in Guwahati only hence boasting of the highest level of quality in patient health care and delivery of services,” said the CRH.

Sikkim at a Glance

  • Area: 7096 Sq Kms
  • Capital: Gangtok
  • Altitude: 5,840 ft
  • Population: 6.10 Lakhs
  • Topography: Hilly terrain elevation from 600 to over 28,509 ft above sea level
  • Climate:
  • Summer: Min- 13°C - Max 21°C
  • Winter: Min- 0.48°C - Max 13°C
  • Rainfall: 325 cms per annum
  • Language Spoken: Nepali, Bhutia, Lepcha, Tibetan, English, Hindi