Amid a continuous demand for medical oxygen for coronavirus patients in the country, State-owned Coal India Ltd (CIL) has begun a mission 'Praana Vayu', under which it is helping in building oxygen plants and ventilators availability at hospitals and Covid care centres. "Responding to the needs, Coal India has launched Mission 'Praana Vayu', which is about providing oxygen support in various forms right from oxygen plants to oxygen banks," the maharatna firm has stated in a statement.
CIL said that in the once-in-a-century crisis arising out of COVID-19, the spotlight is on oxygen provision.
There is a surge in demand for medical oxygen as the therapeutic treatment of COVID-19 revolves around availability of this vital element, CIL said.
For understandable reasons, oxygen capacity expansion has emerged as a major requirement towards boosting healthcare facilities in the fight against the pandemic, it said.
The firm is supporting District Hospital Simdega in
Jharkhand to establish oxygen plant at a cost of Rs 99 lakh which also includes creation of ICU infrastructure.
An oxygen plant is being built at Railway Hospital Danapur (Patna) at a cost of Rs 55 lakh. This is a tertiary care hospital catering to East Central Railway and neighbouring zones.
The firm is supporting Rs 47 lakh towards ventilators for Covid facility in Kolkata Police Hospital at Bhowanipur, Kolkata. In an exclusive model, the company has involved a voluntary organisation to establish oxygen banks at 10 locations of Jharkhand and Bihar at a cost of Rs 1.34 crore.
In additional initiative, CIL will be establishing oxygen cylinder bank with 200 cylinders in Nadia district of West Bengal through a voluntary organisation. The refilled cylinders will be free-home-delivered to needy persons.
The subsidiary companies of CIL are also contributing heavily to the oxygen cause.
CIL and its constituent firms have been together expended Rs 523 crore under CSR in FY2020-21, out of which 264 crores i.e., 50 per cent was spent on Covid relief measures.
CIL and subsidiaries are contemplating further augmentation of oxygen facilities in their hospitals and also in the government hospitals in their areas of operation.
These initiatives would supplement government's instant efforts for arresting second wave of COVID-19, at the same time, contribute to the national priority of augmenting healthcare capacity building.
With the Centre declaring COVID-related measures as a common CSR theme for CPSEs for the year 2021-22, CIL group is committed to channelise its CSR actions towards COVID care and relief.