Delhi govt announces oxygen concentrator banks, home delivery

Chief Minister, Arvind Kejriwal announced on Saturday that the government will start an oxygen concentrator bank (OCB) in the national capital adding 200 such banks will be set up in each district.

Covid patients in home isolation can ask for home delivery of these oxygen concentrators at their doorstep. The Delhi government officials will deliver the concentrators within two hours.

A technical person will accompany the officials and will educate the family members on how to use the oxygen concentrator, the chief minister said.

“From today, we are starting a very important service – we’re setting up oxygen concentrator banks. In every district, there will be a bank with 200 oxygen concentrators. It has been seen that Covid patients often need to get admitted to ICUs when they’re not given medical oxygen when needed. Many patients sometimes die. We have set up these banks to fulfill these gaps,” Arvind Kejriwal said in a televised briefing.

“If any patient – in home isolation – needs medical oxygen, our teams will reach at their doorstep within two hours. One person – aware of the technical know-how- will be a part of the team to help the patient and their families,” he added.

Patients who have been discharged but still need medical oxygen can use these oxygen concentrators too. “Our doctors will be in touch with the patients till they recover so that if they need to be hospitalised, timely action can be taken,” Kejriwal said, adding that any patient can dial up 103 to take the service. “However, our team will make sure that you’re actually in need,” the Chief Minister said.