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Maha To Raise Oxygen Production Capacity To 3,000 MT: Ajit Pawar

Mumbai: Maharashtra Deputy CM Ajit Pawar said the state government has set a target of producing 3,000 metric tonnes of oxygen per day to ensure that there’s no shortage.

Speaking to reporters after a review meeting of the COVID-19 situation here, Pawar said that measures are being taken to elevate healthcare infrastructure in the wake of experts’ prediction that the third wave of coronavirus epidemic will occur in children. The weakest will occur during this period.

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“The state government has set a target of producing 3,000 metric tons of oxygen per day. Currently, the state has a production capacity of over 1,200 metric tons, but a decision has been taken to increase the production by 1,800 MT to ensure that there is no shortage,” he said.

Ajit Pawar said that many cases of mucus have been reported in Pune, Pimpri Chinchwad and rural areas of the district.

“As the medicines required for the treatment of fungal infections are expensive, instructions have been issued to ensure that the supply of such drugs is smooth, and to eliminate any possibility of black marketing,” he said.

The Deputy Chief Minister also said that as Bharat Biotech is going to produce the vaccine at the Manjari plant here, the district administration has been asked to provide them with all necessary support along with power supply and other facilities.

“The divisional commissioner and collector had visited the plant, and it may take another three months to start producing vaccines at the facility,” he said.

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