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Bhubaneswar/Berhampur: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik inaugurated a liquid medical oxygen plant facility at Maharaja Krushna Chandra Gajapati (MKCG) Medical College and Hospital in Berhampur on Thursday.

Taking to virtual platform, Patnaik expressed hope that the facility would help minimise burden on oxygen cylinders in the MKCG medical college and hospital that caters to the needs of south Odisha districts, particularly Ganjam.

Assuring that the Government is taking all possible measures to save precious lives, the Chief Minister said the oxygen supply management is being monitored on an hourly-basis.

He added that the state is further strengthening oxygen management through purchase of oxygen cylinders, establishment of oxygen generating facilities and deployment of Liquid Medical Oxygen (LMO) containers. To plan for future oxygen requirement and management, a taskforce has also been set up, the CM stated.

Thanking people for the cooperation in the fight against the pandemic, Patnaik expressed hope by saying, “Together, we can contain the virus and come back to normalcy sooner.”

Joining the virtual inauguration, Minister of Health and Family Welfare Naba Das said that Odisha is now a leader in the fight against Covid under the direction of the Chief Minister.

He said that the LMO Plant has been built at a cost of Rs 2 crore. It has a production capacity of 20 thousand litres, he added.

MP Berhampur, Chandrasekhar Sahu, MLA Berhampur Bikram Panda also spoke on the occasion.

Ganjam Collector, Vijay Amruta Kulange delivered the welcome address and Berhampur Municipal Corporation Commissioner offered the vote of thanks.

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