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INOX workers ensure oxygen production, supply keeping apart personal covid crisis

Tanushree Pandey , India Today

The rapid surge in coronavirus cases in the country since mid-April has caused an unprecedented shortage of medical oxygen. Hundreds of patients have died due to lack of oxygen in different states, including in the national capital. In these tough times, INOX Air Products has emerged as one of the biggest suppliers of medical oxygen to the Centre as well as states and hospitals.

With the constant pressure to increase the production of medical oxygen, INOX Air Products has ramped up its capacity by 300 per cent. A control room has been set up by INOX to keep track of the production of medical oxygen as well as its supply to 16 states.TRENDING

Heading the operations, Director of INOX Air Products Siddharth Jain has been working round the clock to ensure the team morale is positive and motivated. Siddharth Jain is also a part of the empowered group for oxygen allocation that the government set up in April last year.

Since the pandemic started in India, INOX has collaborated with ministers, chief ministers, government leaders and senior bureaucrats to ensure the supply of liquid medical oxygen to over 800 hospitals in the entire country.

INOX supplies over 2,500 tonnes of liquid oxygen per day.

Like any other family, top officials of INOX, including Siddharth Jain, have tested positive for Covid-19.

India Today TV visited the plants of INOX in UP's Modinagar where we saw employees working 24*7 to meet the requirement for medical oxygen and its supply. Vinit Tyagi, the manager of Modinagar plant, has not gone home for the past several days. His sister has been admitted to a Delhi hospital.

"My sister is battling for her life in the ICU but I have to stay here because this country is also my family. If I don't stay, it will hamper the functioning of the plant. My sister is a fighter. I know she will fight it. But I have to stay here," said Vinit Tyagi.

Vinit's primary responsibility is to boost the morale of the workers and truck drivers. "Producing and transporting oxygen on time is the biggest duty," added Vinit Tyagi.

Along with oxygen production, one of the biggest challenges is the transportation of liquid oxygen to hospitals. "Most of the drivers have to skip their meals as they continue to drive tankers to reach hospitals on time," said an INOX official.

Pankaj Singh, a tanker driver, has not seen his family and kids for the past one month. "My family lives in Rohini. I haven't seen them, because there's no time. If I take out time to see them, some hospital somewhere may lose patients," Pankaj Singh said.

"There have been times when we reached Delhi hospitals just 10 mins before their oxygen was about to finish. By God's grace, we have been able to transport oxygen on time to every hospital we cater to," added Pankaj.

From workers making liquid oxygen to drivers transporting it, every person at INOX Air Products is working 24*7 to ensure that no life is lost due to the oxygen shortage.

https://www.indiatoday.in/coronavirus-outbreak/story/covid-crisis-inox-workers-ensure-medical-oxygen-production-supply-to-16-states-1799908-2021-05-07