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Strict Vigilance on drugs and use of medical oxygen in AP


The Andhra Pradesh government will audit the supply and use of medical oxygen and Remdesvir to avoid their misuse in the state. Health principal; secretary Anil Kumar Singhal told media persons here on Tuesday that given the precarious nature of their availability, the state government had to come up with a series of measures to ensure that the medical oxygen and Remdesivir vials be given only to the needy Covid-19 patients and to avoid issues related to their short supply.

The audit will also check mismanagement especially with Remdesvir vials by hoarding and diversion to the black market and also their sale at exorbitant cost. The senior official stated that they had got an allotment of 340 tonnes of medical oxygen on Monday and added that their daily requirement was ranging from 320 to 330 tonnes at present when the demand for it peaked to 260 tonnes per day during the prevalence of the first wave of the pandemic.

With regard to the management of medical oxygen at the hospital, he said that they had asked for deputing a technical person at the district level so that in case of any trouble in handling the oxygen, he would rush to the hospital and attend to any technical issues to avoid mishaps. On Remdesivir vials he said that some private hospitals were procuring them directly from the manufacturers while some hospitals are placing an indent with the state government for supply and added that the state government would supply if asked and cautioned that its misuse by any means would not be tolerated.

He said that when the indent was placed for 8,352 vials, they had supplied 1,820. Singhal said that the government would take up vaccination of people aged between 18 and 45 years as the centre would provide the doses periodically. He also announced curbs in public places by restricting only 50 persons to attend at any functions and temporary functions and temporary closure of stadia, gyms and swimming pools while public transport and film theatres to have only 50 percent of their capacity.

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