Jorhat: Two liquid medical oxygen (LMO) gas vessels have been installed at the Jorhat Medical College Hospital. The total capacity of the two gas vessels are 10 KL and 20 KL, which can supply oxygen for approximately 30 days in normal conditions.
Dr Nilotpal Bhattacharjee, the assistant professor of the surgery department at JMCH, said that the state health department installed the two LMOs through the Premier Cryogenics Ltd, Guwahati. With the installation of these two gas vessels, the fear of running out of oxygen gas cylinder in the hospital is reduced.
Dr Bhattacharjee further said that the 10 KL gas cylinder is equivalent to 1,200 jumbo/D type oxygen cylinders. Once it is filled, it can supply oxygen for around 10 days in normal conditions. Similarly, the 20 KL LMO gas cylinder can be expected to supply oxygen for approximately one month in normal conditions.
He said that two other oxygen generation plants are under construction at the hospital. These two plants are expected to get completed by the end of this month. After which, JMCH will have their own production of medical oxygen.
The need for oxygen has risen many fold amid the pandemic as these are highly needed by COVID patients and also the non-COVID patients.
The 10 KL cylinder has been made functional on Saturday. The other gas vessel will be made functional this week.
The Principal-cum-Chief Superintendent of JMCH, Professor Dr Ratna Kanta Talukdar dedicated the gas vessels to the hospital in the presence of the Superintendent of JMCH, Dr Purnima Barua; HOD of Anaesthesiology, Dr Rajib Hazarika, and HOD of Dermatology, Dr Krishna Talukdar.
Other medical officials present at the event were Dr Rituparna Phukan Roy, Dr Pallab Bora, Dr Manab Narayan Baruah, associate professors of Paediatrics, Dr Manab Gohain and Dr Bhattacharjee.
Dr Bhattacharjee also said that JMCH is getting medical oxygen in jumbo/D type cylinders and B type cylinders from Himalayan Air Products, Dibrugarh and Assam Air Products, Sivasagar.