Kerala CM writes to PM Modi, seeks enhancement of state's daily oxygen supply to 450 MT amid Covid spike
Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking immediate enhancement of the state's daily oxygen supply to 450 metric tonnes (MT) amid a surge in coronavirus infections.In the letter to PM Modi, Vijayan said that Kerala has witnessed a massive surge in Covid-19 cases and there has been a significant increase in the number of patients who require critical care including oxygen support."I greatly appreciate that the Union and Kerala Governments have been effectively working together in our response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Presently, Kerala is witnessing a major surge of Covid-19 cases. The number of active cases has aggregated to 4.19 lakh. In the second wave of the pandemic, the State is witnessing a significant increase in the number of patients who require critical care including oxygen support," the letter reads.Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan wrote to PM Modi seeking immediate enhancement of state's daily oxygen supply to 450MT pic.twitter.com/vuHaYD4Wwj"It may kindly be taken note of that the Government of Kerala is adhering to the decisions of the Empowered Group-II, Government of India and continuing to supply liquid medical oxygen to other States, even though the oxygen situation in Kerala is already precarious," it added.The chief minister further stated that the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a cyclonic storm warning forecasting heavy to very heavy rains and winds in parts of Kerala on May 14 and 15 which could hamper the functioning of oxygen generation plants. Also, the total daily oxygen requirement for medical purposes in Kerala could rapidly rise to 423.60 MT within the next three days."At present, the storage of oxygen in hospitals is only for less than 24 hours. As Kerala will not be able to manage the oxygen demand without assistance from the Centre, it is requested that the state's daily oxygen allocation may be immediately enhanced to 450 MT," the CM said."It is also requested that at least 300 MT oxygen may be immediately rushed to Kerala from neighbouring storage points to augment the storage in hospitals in the wake of the impending cyclonic storm," he added.