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Tamil Nadu has more than enough oxygen at present, Minister Ma Subramanian

Chennai, June 4(BPNS)

Tamil Nadu Minister for Medical and Family Welfare Ma Subramanian has said that the state has more than enough oxygen at present. He was speaking to reporters after inspecting the oxygen bed facilities at Vellore, Ranipet, and Tirupathur districts.

The minister said,” We have more than the required quantity of oxygen. When Chief minister MK Stalin took over the reins of administration the availability was 230 metric tonnes, but we now have 660 metric tonnes and the requirement is only 500 metric tonnes. We are receiving oxygen from Jamshedpur, Rourkela, and Durgapur plants.”

The minister earlier in the day inspected the Covid-19 prevention measures, vaccination centres, containment areas, and availability of oxygen beds in Vellore, Ranipet and Tirupathur districts.

Minister said, “More than 1000 additional beds with oxygen facilities are arranged in these three districts for treatment of Covid -19 patients.”

The minister also said that Vellore district is topping the number of RT- PCR tests conducted. He said that 7.55 lakh people have been tested in the district which is half its population.

Ma Subramanian said, “Within a week the Covid-19 cases have dropped drastically in Vellore.”

The minister also said that across the state, beds with oxygen support are also available  and over 30,000 beds are available as of Thursday. He also said that the number of cases is reducing in the state and the number of patients getting discharged is on the rise.