Mangaluru: 'DK has enough oxygen stock, being augmented from Kerala'- DC

Daijiworld Media Network - Mangaluru (SP)

Mangaluru, May 4: "Dakshina Kannada (DK) district has enough oxygen stock as of now and there is no problem. We are getting more oxygen cylinders," said deputy commissioner (DC) of tie district, Dr Rajendra K V.

He said that the plants in the eight private hospitals here have oxygen stock. "There are three refilling units in the city which produce ten tonnes of oxygen. We are getting 20 tonnes of oxygen every week from other districts. Therefore, for the present, we have enough oxygen to match the current demand," he informed the media persons in the city on Monday May 3.

He revealed that 800 jumbo cylinders of oxygen will be supplied from Palakkad, Kerala, and more oxygen is being indented from the Jindal plant at Ballari. "Our city had not received oxygen supply for the last four to five days. Now the supply has resumed and there is no problem. 80 percent of the district's requirement of oxygen comes from Ballari and 20 percent from Palakkad," he explained.


The district administration here said that the number of coronavirus cases is increasing and there is rise in the number of patients with breathing problems. It stated that current oxygen stock is sufficient for 36 hours and that it has made arrangements to handle any eventuality.

It noted that intensive care unit and ventilator beds in government and private hospitals have been fully occupied and the patients are moving between government and private hospitals. "Under the current circumstances, the district needs four to six tonnes of oxygen. The government hospital here has stock of six kilo litres of oxygen while KMC Manipal has 20 kilo litres, which totally meet two days requirement of the district," he explained.

"We get oxygen from Mangaluru, and if we get that, we can manage for four days. Oxygen supply to Mangaluru comes from Palakkad, and there is currently some problem with supply. As such, the officials say, that oxygen supply to Udupi was depleted as a result. We are trying our best to get oxygen from Ballari," it explained.

ICU and ventilator beds in private and government hospitals in the district are full. In Karkala, four ICU beds are vacant, it said.

People say that the call centre entrusted with the responsibility of admitting corona infected persons into hospitals does not function properly. A local, Hussain Kody Bengre, said that his relative at Gangolli was identified with this infection and was brought to the district hospital where ventilator intensive care beds were not available. He said that the doctors advised to shift the patient to private hospital but there too facility was not available. After moving between different hospitals from 11 am, bed was arranged at 6 pm, he explained.

Deputy commissioner G Jagadeesha, said that the district administration and all the legislators from the district are trying to get oxygen supply from Ballari. He said that number of patients with breathing difficulties is on the rise. He said that arrangements are being made to create additional ICU and ventilator beds.






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  • Olivier Dcunha, Mangalore/ Mumbai

    Tue, May 04 2021

    As MRPL might have the facility to procure Oxygen. It wold be better to have to have a dialog and get it delivered without any logistics issue.

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  • Abdul, Vidya Nagar, Kasaragod.

    Tue, May 04 2021

    Don't close Border (Thalapadi).

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  • Angela, Mangalore

    Tue, May 04 2021

    Kerala is the only state which truly cares for its residents. Whenever there is any crisis, Kerala is always ready with solutions. All other States need to learn from Kerala.

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  • Basaledompa, Belman

    Tue, May 04 2021

    Thats y u think there are no cases or very few cases is it ?

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  • k b r, Mangala Uru

    Tue, May 04 2021

    pls check oxygen coming from outside for impurities / adulteration... because of high demand, there is chance of corruption in supplies...

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  • Cynthia, Kirem

    Tue, May 04 2021

    😂😂😂😂 ...kbr, tell me when we buy oxygen how anyone can say dk is begging for oxygen ??

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  • k b r, Mangala Uru

    Tue, May 04 2021

    Cynthiaji, empty vessel makes more sound... these people go to gulf for labour/menial jobs... and boast no end about their state...

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  • Pavan, Mlr

    Tue, May 04 2021

    Same karnataka govt blocked borders with kerala now beghing for oxygen.

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  • Cynthia, Kirem

    Tue, May 04 2021

    Pavan....forgive and forget what we have done to you all. Then, whats the difference between us both ? Be good ....dont follow the wrong doers ..But, is your govt supplying oxygen free of cost to us ?.. .

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  • Dingan, Calicut

    Wed, May 05 2021

    Yaa last year same this time...due to which around a dozen of people lost there life..

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  • Ram Charan, Mangaluru

    Tue, May 04 2021

    Skid mounted large capacity PSA plants have been air lifted into India, which were donated by western countries. At least DK district should manage to get one such plants which can produce oxygen within 2 days after it reaches site. Let there be positive intervention rather than talking about that there is no shortage of oxygen for the time being.

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  • Ram Charan, Mangaluru

    Tue, May 04 2021

    I stand corrected. The plant can be made operational within 12 hours after reaching hospital as demonstrated yesterday at a Delhi hospital.

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