Patients are under pressure in hospitals as the second phase of corona infection is on the rise. Oxygen deprivation is on the rise in many hospitals. Hospitals are pleading with the government for oxygen cylinders.
Teku Hospital is safe. He was reassured by a liquid oxygen tank.
Until a year ago, Teku Hospital also used to buy oxygen gas cylinders.
Two to three hundred cylinders were needed daily. Covid patients need to be given oxygen, much more than other patients.
The hospital found a way to overcome this problem while Kovid was running. He connected a liquid oxygen tank.
Teku has added a liquid oxygen tank with a capacity of 20,000 kg.
The Shankar Gas Industry of Balaju has helped to solve the oxygen problem in Teku Hospital.
Shankar Gas has connected a large tank carrying a lot of liquid oxygen to Teku.
The tanker is equipped with technology to convert liquid oxygen into gas. That oxygen gas reaches the hospital bed through the pipeline.
Oxygen produced from liquids is also comparatively cheaper than cylinders.
Consumers have to pay four to seven hundred rupees to buy gas filled in a big cylinder. Agarwal says that the liquid oxygen equivalent to that big per cylinder is very cheap as it is available at Rs 345.
Once the liquid tank is connected to the hospitals, the liquid in it should be filled according to the consumption. The liquid tank can be connected depending on the oxygen requirement.
Teku’s liquid oxygen has the capacity to supply 1600 cylinders of gas per day. According to Agarwal, such tanks can be connected with a capacity of 5,000 to 50,000 kg.
A meter reading system is placed in the tank to check the amount of liquid.
You can see how much liquid has been emptied, you can plan to fill the liquid accordingly.
Nepalgunj Medical College has added a 15,000 kg tank. Similarly, Beers trauma has added a tank of 13,000 kg. Therefore, there is not much problem of oxygen in these hospitals.
Nepalgunj Medical College also used to take oxygen from a local factory. He has completely replaced the cylinder.
One of the teaching hospitals operating three plants is closed. The closed plant provided one thousand liters of oxygen per minute.
It is seen that equipment has to be brought from France to build that plant. Since that was not possible during the Corona epidemic, the hospital tried to add this technology.
The other two plants in the teaching hospital, which give 500 liters per minute, have to buy cylinders as they do not meet the demand of the teaching hospital. To get rid of this problem, the teaching hospital is also trying to connect liquid oxygen tanks.
Patan Hospital does not have its own oxygen plant. He is looking for a cylinder to solve the problem in this epidemic. ‘We are in talks with the Ministry of Health on how to solve the oxygen problem,’ said the hospital’s director, Dr. Ravi Shakya says.
Shankar Gas Industry had introduced liquid oxygen in Nepal eight-nine years ago.
He brought this technology to Nepal saying that it would be useful for industry and hospitals. Liquid oxygen was operated in many places including Jagdamba industry of Birgunj.
Hospitals are just adding liquid oxygen.
“I have the technology. There is a lack of oxygen in the epidemic, I suggested adding, no one agreed. Now, seeing the need for it during the epidemic, the hospital started asking for it, ‘says Agrawal.
Oxygen pipelines are now mandatory in every hospital. If the plant is kept, the oxygen from there reaches the bed through the pipeline.
Agarwal said that liquidation has become easier as the cost of importing cylinders, purchase-deposit and transportation has increased along with the manpower.
Director of Nepalgunj Medical College, Suresh Kumar Kanodia, says, “Liquid is much easier than it needs to be maintained, heavy cylinders have to be moved around, filled, taken and collected.”
At present, hospitals in Nepal need more liquid tanks, said Agrawal.
Shankar Gas is constructing 50,000 kg tanks in Bhairahawa, Narayangarh and Kathmandu so that there is no shortage of liquid.
Liquid oxygen tanks can be connected for Rs 5 million to Rs 15 million. Teku Hospital had connected the liquid tank at a cost of Rs 1.5 crore.