Kohima, June 23 (NEx): The Chief Minister of Nagaland Neiphiu Rio jointly launched an oxygen generation plant, with a capacity of 150 LPM at District Hospital Phek today, June 23rd, 2021 in the presence of Resident representative, UNDP Shoko Noda, Ambassador of Japan, H. E. Suzuki Satoshi, Health Minister S. Pangnyu Phom and other officials.
Now, Nagaland has two district hospitals at Tuensang and Phek with emergency oxygen supplies to provide intensive care treatment to the critically ill COVID-19 patients. The oxygen generation plants utilises pressure swing adsorption (PSA) technology to produce upto 800 litres of oxygen per minute, informed the health & family welfare department.
The Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio while launching the plant thanks UNDP India and the government of Japan on behalf of Nagaland for installing the oxygen generation plants in Tuensang and Phek districts.
Rio stated, “We are indebted for this help, the one that strengthens our health facility and furthers our ability to be able to succeed in mitigating this unprecedented health crisis”.
To support the government of India for the ongoing COVID-19 response, UNDP along with the Government of Japan is strengthening the health and social protection systems, most importantly reviving the livelihoods and targeting the most vulnerable population.
A total of eight (8) oxygen generation plants are being installed in the Northeast states of Meghalaya, Nagaland and Tripura with the help of the Government of Japan and UNDP. The plants have the capacity to serve approximately 1,300 beds.
“Japan is always happy to provide development assistance to the
Northeast, feeling a special closeness based on our shared history. I hope that these Oxygen Generating Plants will serve well and help as many people as possible for a long time to come,” stated SUZUKI Satoshi, Ambassador of Japan to India.
“UNDP stands committed to supporting the government of India to fight COVID-19, in partnership with development partners and UN sister agencies. I am pleased that our several months of effort to provide end to end service, to install and set the oxygen generation plants up and running has come to fruition. Together, we can better prepare for future crises,” stated Shoko Noda, UNDP Resident Representative in India.
The Oxygen Generation plant at District Hospital Tuensang, with a capacity to produce 150 litres Oxygen Per Minute, was inaugurated by the Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio on Tuesday, June 22, 2021.