Maharashtra requests Centre to enhance state's medical oxygen quota by at least 200 MT
Maharashtra Chief Secretary Sitaram Kunte has written to Union Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba requesting that the state's allocated quota of liquid medical oxygen is increased by at least by 200 MT. Kunte stated that Covid cases are continuously rising in 16 districts and there is a growing demand for oxygen.
In his letter dated May 3, Kunte highlighted that at present there are 6,63,758 active Covid cases in the state, with 78,884 patients requiring medical oxygen, including 24,787 who are in ICUs.
Moreover, in 16 districts — Palghar, Ratnagiri, Sindhudurg, Satara, Sangli, Kolhapur, Solapur, Nandurbar, Beed, Parbhani, Hingoli, Amravati, Buldhana, Wardha, Gadchiroli and Chandrapur — the number of Covid cases and the demand for oxygen is on the rise, he added.