As part of maintaining a smooth supply of essential items in the country, Union Home Secretary, Ajay Kumar Bhalla has written to all State Chief Secretaries to give special attention on keeping the supply of medical oxygen smooth and hassle-free.
It has been emphasized upon as there is a critical need to maintain an adequate supply of medical oxygen in the country in the wake of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and as medical oxygen is also included in the national list and WHO’s list of essential medicines.
Bhalla also reiterated the exemptions made under the guidelines on lockdown measures.
All manufacturing units of medical devices, their raw materials and intermediates; manufacturing units of their packaging material; transportation of essential goods and medical supplies and mobilization of resources, workers and material for augmentation and expansion of hospital infrastructure have been permitted, he said.
Further, in the communication to all States, detailed guidelines have been issued for the smooth functioning of supply chain of exempted items, involving interstate movement of employees.
Bhalla further emphasized that social distancing and proper hygiene practices as specified in the lockdown measures.
“It will be the responsibility of the head of the organization/establishment to ensure compliance of such norms. The district authorities have been asked to ensure strict enforcement,” he added.
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