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TMH Jamshedpur gets 13-kilolitre Oxygen tank, seven people under 40-years of age succumb to COVID at hospital

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76 deaths reported in four days

Jamshedpur: Tata Main Hospital ( TMH) has now got a new 13-kilolitre liquid oxygen tank, which was installed on a war footing in a few weeks. The tank has been set up to ensure uninterrupted supply of oxygen to Covid-19 patients at the hospital. With TMH now treating about 450 Covid cases at the hospital premises alone, the tank became a necessity.

 The hospital witnessed 204 admissions last week and with this total 6535 Covid admissions have been made so far.

Addressing a teleconference on Tuesday, Dr Rajan Choudhry, advisor, medical services, Tata Steel said that the hospital is adding to its facilities to cater the growing needs. The new Liquid Oxygen Plant in association with Linde will further enhance smooth oxygen supply at the hospital. The hospital earlier had a six-kilolitre tank and with the new tank the total capacity has increased to 19 kilolitre.  The hospital is now requiring 5700 litre of oxygen with the spread of Covid, earlier it was only 2000 litre only.

“Due to the rising consumption of oxygen we have enhanced our capacity. Amidst rising Covid cases, the existing tank had started feeling the pressure and it required to be filled twice a day. But with the commencement of the new tank, the supply will improve,” said Dr Choudhry.    

 Meanwhile, the Covid-19 situation in the city is worsening with every passing day with 76 deaths being reported at TMH in just four days. Out of these 46 people who died were above 60 years of age. A total of 64 those who died were from East Singhbhum, 9 from Seraikela Kharswan and two from Dhanbad. Shockingly seven deaths were reported below the age of 40 years.

The hospital is conducting more than 1500 Covid tests daily and the average positivity rate is 32.84 per cent, which is very high in terms of spread of the virus. Last week it was 48.93.

Dr Rajan Choudhry, advisor, medical services, Tata Steel informed that 53 doctors, 110 nurses, 36 para-medical staff and 66 other staff are down due to Covid. The hospital’s recovery has improved to 77.64 per cent, he informed.

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