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UNICEF eases India's oxygen crisis.


Last month, dozens of hospitals in cities like New Delhi and Mumbai ran out of oxygen, forcing relatives of patients to hunt for oxygen cylinders, went in vain.

Last month, medical oxygen consumption in India increased by more than eightfold from normal levels to about 7,200 tonnes per day.

The country was unprepared for the second wave, particularly the steep rise. India's total Covid cases surpassed 18 million, setting a new daily infection record. The nation currently have 1,224 medical oxygen tankers with a capacity of 16,732 MT. The government is working on manufacturing more cryogenic tankers, and some international countries are also leasing them through commercial agreements.

Since India has reached its lowest point in the world, several countries are aiding help.

The United States and the United Kingdom have already delivered the primary package of assistance, with more on the way. Canada has committed a ten-million-dollar contribution to India's war against the COVID outbreak. Meanwhile, France, Russia, Ireland, and Afghanistan have all expressed their willingness to assist India in its time of need. Top global corporations such as Microsoft, Google, and Amazon have also announced plans to provide COVID relief materials to India.

Deputy Spokesman for the UN Chief announced during the daily press briefing that he and the UN family are willing to expand their support for India. The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has offered to provide essential Covid-19 supplies to India. To help India battle the second wave of Covid, the agency sent 3,000 oxygen concentrators, diagnostic tests, medical kits, and other supplies.

UNICEF is assisting in the production and implementation of 25 oxygen plants for hospitals in the Northeast and Maharashtra, as well as the installation of thermal scanners at nationwide ports of entry. Unique refrigerators, as well as oxygen concentrators, were purchased by UNICEF and partners as part of the cold chain strengthening and launch of the Covid-19 vaccine in India. UNICEF has also provided over 500 high-flow nasal cannulas and 85 RT-PCR (Covid testing) devices in addition to the oxygen concentrators.

Unicef has also been assisting the Indian government in ensuring that essential programmes for the most disadvantaged children continue to operate, as well as assisting over 12 million children in 17 states in continuing to learn at home.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, Unicef has partnered with partners in India to help stop the spread of COVID-19, sharing information on how to remain healthy from the coronavirus with over 660 million people.

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