Despite the claims by the government about optimal availability, there are still concerns among private hospitals, NGOs and other groups about oxygen scarcity in Belagavi district.
Getting a oxygen bed in a hospital is a nightmare and sometimes the delay in getting oxygen can be fatal.
To overcome this two Oxygen Support Centres have been made functional at Belagavi which will come as saviors to the patients who need a oxygen bed but can’t get it instantly and until then they can get help at these centres.
The First one is operational near Kolhapur Circle, started by the Indian Red cross & IMA at the Dept of Youth Empowerment & Sports Hostel (Near Shiva Hotel, Kolhapur circle) SP office Road Belagavi. Contact: 89041 26936 or 9480398025 or 9741978371
The Oxygen Bank has 20 beds with oxygen concentrators and also high flow oxygen cylinders with mobile bus oxygen care unit for emergency situations.
The second one is functional at Mahaveer Bhavan Govaves by JITO.
Facilities include – 15 Oxygen concentrator beds, 24 x 7 doctors and nurse support, basic medicine, food and Ambulance service.
Contact – 7411530108
“The State government ordered the withdrawal of cylinders from NGOs as it was unmonitored. Anyway, such cylinders were around one percent of the total cylinders on track,’’ said Raghuram Nidavanda, Assistant Drug Controller, who is in charge of logistics of drugs and oxygen. The reasons behind this are that those who need oxygen should shift to hospitals and that it is dangerous to keep an oxygen cylinder at home. It is an offense to hoard oxygen cylinders at home, by unregistered persons, he explained, reported the Hindu.