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Naga Hospital Authority Kohima gets 1000 LPM PSA oxygen plant

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By Menuse-O Max Khieya Updated: Oct 07, 2021 10:46 pm
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Dr. Neikiesalie Kire, Vibeituonuo Mepfuo, and others during the inauguration programme of the oxygen plant at NHAK in Kohima on Thursday. (EM Images)

Our Correspondent
Kohima, Oct. 7 (EMN):
Advisor for Urban Development and Municipal Affairs, Dr. Neikesalie Kire on Thursday inaugurated a pressure swing absorption (PSA) oxygen plant at Naga Hospital Authority Kohima (NHAK).

Kire said at the inaugural function that the new oxygen plant, which has the capacity to generate 1000 litre of medical oxygen per minute (LPM), will produce “sufficient oxygen” for patients and more lives could be saved.

Informing that the plant at NHAK was the biggest in the state so far, he said similar programmes held in other districts on the same day.

Oxygen plants were also inaugurated in districts like Dimapur, Longleng, Phek, Mon, Mokokchung, Peren, Wokha, Kiphire, Tuensang, and Jalukie in Peren district on Thursday.

Maintaining that Covid-19 “is here to stay with us,” the advisor reminded the citizens not to succumb to complacency but continue to observe Covid-appropriate behaviour and SOPs for the safety of all.

Meanwhile, Dr. Sentimeren Aonok, Medical Superintendent of NHAK, highlighted the different components of the newly installed oxygen plant.

He explained how 99.9% oxygen is generated from 21% from the reservoir after separating nitrogen and other gases from the raw air. Once oxygen is generated from the plant, he said, the life-saving gas is directly sent to the wards for consumption.

Aonok, however, clarified that empty oxygen cylinders can’t be refilled from the oxygen plant. He thanked the prime minister for fulfilling the “dream” of the people while acknowledging the government of Nagaland for assembling the oxygen plant in a “record time”.

It may be mentioned that a 300 LPM capacity oxygen plant had been already installed at NHAK.

Speaking to Eastern Mirror after the programme, Aonok, who was also the first person from the state to receive the first dose of Covid-19 shot, urged not to give way to complacency and appealed to the leaders and the educated to motivate people to receive vaccine for building immunity against the virus amid fear of a possible third wave.

Vibeituonuo Mepfuo, Managing Director of NHAK, informed that non-Covid services had started in the hospital. However, she apprised that the facility is becoming congested following admission of both Covid and non-Covid patients.

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By Menuse-O Max Khieya Updated: Oct 07, 2021 10:46:55 pm