Panaji: Goa government on Saturday announced a ban on the export of Oxygen Cylinders from the state while also ordering that all the industrial oxygen requirements would be diverted towards health services.
State Health Minister Vishwajit Rane, who also holds the Industries portfolio, has issued the orders of ban on export of oxygen cylinders amidst rising cases of #COVID-19 infection in the coastal state.
“In view of the rising COVID cases in the state of Goa, the requirement for oxygen has gone up,” Rane said.
“The export on oxygen cylinders outside the state therefore been banned with immediate effect,” he added.
Rane said that all Industrial oxygen requirements will be diverted towards the health services, GMC and Covid hospitals.
“Necessary directions have been issued to Secretary Health to coordinate with the respective collectors to issue an order under the Disaster Management Act, 2005 in public interest and to save people’s lives,” the minister said.
Meanwhile, Rane said that the government has roped in services of private firms to handle the food supplies at covid hospitals.
“In our continued efforts to provide quality patient care to COVID patients, we are once again roping in all the agencies viz, patient handling, facility management, Sodexo for dietary and nutrition requirements, and specialized services for pruning the patients,” he said.
“We are working relentlessly to fight this virus and save the lives of the people of Goa,” Rane said.