Tribune News Service
Jalandhar, May 12
Responding swiftly to the oxygen SOS call by two Amritsar-based hospitals, the administration of three districts, including Amritsar, Jalandhar and Hoshiarpur, exhibited a perfect coordination last night to save precious lives by ensuring a timely delivery of life-saving oxygen to the health institutions.
On being informed about the shortage of oxygen by two hospitals, ADC Amritsar Dr Himanshu Aggarwal dialled Hoshiarpur administration for the supply of oxygen on the instructions of Chandigarh oxygen control room on Tuesday late night. The absence of a technical expert, who could perform decanting from tank to tanker (reverse operation), posed a challenge in oxygen supply to Amritsar. Thus, the higher-ups in Chandigarh asked Jalandhar ADC (Development) Vishesh Sarangal to find a technical expert.
Acting promptly, Sarangal, who along with SDM Dr Jai Inder Singh, and GM Industries Deep Singh located Rashpal, a technical expert of PIMS and a team contacted him at his residence around 2.45 am. The administration team explained the whole situation to him and requested him to perform this crucial exercise in Hoshiarpur, following which, the team also arranged a vehicle and logistic support for him. Rashpal immediately left for Hoshiarpur oxygen plant, where he started decanting oxygen from tank to tanker within an hour and liquid oxygen supply of 5 metric tonnes was dispatched to Amritsar at 4 am on Wednesday.
ADC Vishesh Sarangal said, “Saving lives was paramount than anything and we as a team were determined to deliver the oxygen timely to the hospitals by putting best efforts.” He also highlighted the special efforts made by Jalandhar police Commissionerate for locating the address of technical experts, adding that DC Hoshiarpur Apneet Riyait, Showkat Ahmad Parray, IAS and in-charge oxygen monitoring and supply, Punjab, personally monitored the whole event and ensured the best of the coordination between authorities until oxygen was dispatched to Amritsar.
Philanthropist honoured for helping people
Amritsar: The Health Department has started a programme to facilitate Covid heroes who have done commendable work in creating awareness among the general public and for implementing Covid control programme. As part of the campaign, Raman Malhotra, president, Mohalla Sudhar Committee, Sunder Nagar, was honoured with a certificate for helping the government and general public in the fight against the lethal virus. Raman has been felicitated for educating residents, conducting three sanitization drives in the area, distributing masks, helping people with food and for arranging vaccination camps in the area.
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