Mamata Banerjee, the Chief Minister of Bengal, wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday, requesting an increase in the availability of medical oxygen for COVID-19 treatment. Despite the increased demand, Banerjee said the Centre increased oxygen allocation for other states out of the total output in Bengal.
The state’s daily oxygen consumption has risen to 470 MT in the last 24 hours, according to the chief minister, and is forecast to reach 550 MT per day in about a week. “I would kindly request that the medical oxygen allocation be checked and instructions are given for an immediate allocation of at least 550 MT per day of MO,” she wrote to Modi.
Any allocation below the requested sum would have a negative impact on supply and could result in the death of patients in the state, according to Banerjee.
“… The government of India has increased the allocation of MO to other states, from the total production in West Bengal, during the last 10 days from 230 MT to 360 MT, keeping allocation for us constant at 308 MT per day despite its requirement of 550 MT,” the CM added.