Goa enforces embargo on the export of oxygen cylinders to deal with internal COVID surge

Goa registered a record-high surge of 927 cases on Friday; active count stands at 6,321 cases.

The Goa government, on Saturday, banned the export of oxygen cylinders outside the state due to increased internal requirement, in wake of the fierce COVID surge here. As per reports, Goa registered a record-high surge of 927 cases in 24 hours on Friday, taking the count of total active cases in the state to 6,321. Consequently, the oxygen cylinders have been reserved for the treatment of critical patients here.


Goa stops oxygen export to treat internal COVID crisis

COVID-19 is primarily a respiratory infection and critical symptoms include shortage of breath or difficulty in breathing. In such an avenue, patients are supplied artificial oxygen to keep their vitals stable. This aids the treatment of the deadly virus.

The state Health Minister announced on Saturday, that all export activities related to oxygen cylinders have been banned with immediate effect. He took to this Twitter to further announced that "All industrial oxygen requirements will be diverted towards the health services, GMC and Covid hospitals."

An order has further been issued listing all necessary directives to the state Health Secretary, to ensure coordination between respective collectors, the minister added. The official further informed that this circular has been furnished under the Disaster Management Act, 2005, in public interest and to save people's lives.

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When citizens across the country are grappling due to a dire shortage of oxygen amid the second wave of the pandemic, a group of alumni from IIT Kanpur have taken it upon their shoulders to assure enhanced supplies of the medical necessity. Through a crowdfunded initiative, 'Breathe India', the group has raised more than 3 crores and ordered oxygen concentrators for medical centres across Delhi. Now, they are expanding this scope of help to Uttar Pradesh with the help of a Lucknow-based NGO.


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After remarkable triumphs in the first week of the campaign, the alumni collective has now associated with Lucknow's Right Walk Foundation for its programs in Uttar Pradesh. Here, the group aims to distribute concentrators, oxygen cylinders, oximeters and other equipment among the underprivileged individuals. With this, the net target of the campaign has been augmented to ₹4 crores and the initiators anticipate that they would reach this goal soon.

Working on the lines of 'social inclusion', Right Walk Foundation assures support and assistance to slum-dwelling communities across 11 districts of Uttar Pradesh. Highlighting the need for public advocacy, the organisation attempts to create an ecosystem of equity and sustainability.

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As per the information provided on their campaign page, over 250 concentrators are being provided through this program to hospitals and COVID care centres. Marking collaborative efforts with SaveLife Foundation, this group of samaritans have been successful in assuring relief in a much greater measure, than their initial expectations. All of the resources are being delivered across Delhi, working in alignment with the requirements observed by the Delhi Government.

The facilitators consist of Ashutosh Ranka, Isha Agarwal, Nikhil Asati, Kavya Eluru, Randhir Shah- each one from a different batch of IIT-K. Together, they have embarked on a journey to help scores of citizens and save hundreds of Life.

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