Dharmendra Pradhan inaugurates jumbo Covid-care facility in Burnpur, West Bengal
Union Minister of Steel and Petroleum & Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan on Wednesday dedicated a 200-bedded Jumbo COVID Care Facility by SAIL-ISP Burnpur, West Bengal for care of COVID patients. The Minister of State for Steel Faggan Singh Kulaste, Minister of State for Environment, Forest & Climate Change Babul Supriyo, South Asansol MLA MsAgnimitraPaul, and SAIL Chairperson Soma Mondal were among those present in the virtual ceremony.
Speaking on the occasion, Pradhan lauded the Steel sector for rising to the occasion, by fulfilling majority of the requirements of liquid medical oxygen of the country. He said that the steel plants have shown IspatiIrada. The steel plants reduced usage of gaseous oxygen to increase production of LMO. He said that in the first wave of Covid, the peak demand was less than 3000 MT/ day, which has surged to about 10,000 MT/day now, out of which over 4000 MT is being provided by the steel plants, including those from the private sector.
Pradhan mentioning Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s call for setting up COVID-care centres near the production centres of gaseous oxygen, said that he is glad that today SAIL is starting its first such COVID-care facility with gaseous oxygen in Burnpur.He said that Gaseous Oxygen is difficult to transport over a long distance, and the Steel as well as the petroleum sectors have been quick to implement the directions, which will provide relief in this time of pandemic.
Pradhan called upon the Covid care Centre at Burnpur to take care of all the people who are its stakeholders or live in the vicinity, including the contract labourers, local hawkers and shopkeepers. He said that it should be part of the safety protocol that those coming in the township, are eligible to get health facilities there. The Minister said that Testing and Tracking facility should also be established in the centre. He said that besides providing amenities, the maintenance and cleanliness of the Centre should be undertaken by the ISP (Integrated Steel Plant). The Minister called upon the SAIL to undertake vaccination at massive scale to cover its employees, their families, Contract employees, and others who are part of the ecosystem of the Company.