Patel said that at present 800 to 900 metric tonnes of oxygen is available in the state at any time.
“The state government has started working on a scenario when the third wave of the pandemic may see a sharp rise in the number of COVID-19 patients who require medical oxygen,” he told reporters in Mehsana.
“In the worst-case scenario during the second wave, Gujarat needed more than 1,200 metric tonnes of oxygen,” the deputy chief minister said.
Patel said that Gujarat has started working on setting up more oxygen plants with the PM CARES Fund, grants from MPs and MLAs and charity funds.
“Our first target is to produce 300 metric tonnes of oxygen so that we can become self-reliant even though the daily number of patients exceeds 14,000,” he said.
Patel, who heads the health department, said, “We have started work on setting up oxygen plants and have identified over 75 locations for large oxygen plants. They are in different stages of development.”
He said that priority is being given to big government hospitals, district level hospitals, community health centres, large private hospitals, hospitals run by charitable trusts.
Patel said centers are also being set up to refill oxygen cylinders.