Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, in a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, wrote on the urgent need for the liquid medical oxygen and vaccines in Kerala.
In his letter, Vijayan stated: “Medical oxygen buffer storage within the State needs to be augmented urgently as there is an increased demand for medical oxygen. In order to augment the storage, we require at least 1,000 tonnes of imported Liquid Medical Oxygen (LMO).”
The Chief Minister requested the Prime Minister to advise the Ministry of External Affairs to allot the required quantity partly from the current tranche of imports and balance from future imports. Allotment of 500 MT of LMO from the nearest steel plant to the State may also be advised.
At present, Kerala has a stock of 272.2 MT liquid oxygen and 8.97 MT of medical oxygen. Around 108 MT oxygen is what the State requires on a daily basis.
“Further, I request that a possible number of tankers, PSA plants, oxygen concentrators and ventilators may also be allotted to Kerala on a priority basis, considering the fact that Kerala has one of the highest active caseloads in the country,” the CM’s letter stated.
On the vaccination, the CM requested the Union government to take into account the number of persons awaiting the second dose vaccination as also the number of persons registered for the first dose. The CM requested the allotment of 50 lakh doses of Covishield and 25 lakh doses of Covaxin to Kerala.