NEW DELHI: Even before the Supreme Court’s suggestion to Delhi to learn from Mumbai’s experience in managing oxygen supply, the Centre has been sharing the experience of states, as well as the financial capital, with others as it sought rationalisation of oxygen use.
In its correspondence with the Centre, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) said it opted for a series of steps, including restricted use of high-flow nasal cannula to supply oxygen and measures to reduce oxygen consumption by at least 10% in each facility. Besides, refilling facilities were set up within municipal limits for easier flow of oxygen to help Covid-19 patients.
But Mumbai isn’t alone. The Centre has shared other suggestions too with states, including Delhi, over the last few weeks.
For instance, it had pointed to the use of a triage system in Kerala and Maharashtra to categorise patients based on the severity of their condition and also requirement of medical oxygen as a step to rationalise its use.
It has also been advocating the setting up of an online portal by states to disseminate real-time information on availability of hospital beds, including those supported with medical oxygen as well as critical medicine, to build confidence among citizens and dispel rumours.
Continuous monitoring through a war room would also enable timely dissemination of information to all stakeholders, and would help in planning, sources said. “This will enable hospitals to have a clear indication of current supply levels as well as the next supply cycle and suppliers to have a clear roadmap on sequencing their supplies to various clients,” a source familiar with the deliberations said.
In Delhi, a key challenge is coordination of supplies as medical oxygen is now coming from several parts of the country – from Gujarat, Uttarakhand, Himachal, UP, Haryana and Odisha – and using multiple modes like roads, rail and air.