Medical Oxygen Supply During COVID-19: A Study with Specific Reference to State of Andhra Pradesh, India

Mater Today Proc. 2021 Jan 26. doi: 10.1016/j.matpr.2021.01.196. Online ahead of print.

Abstract

Optimal medical infrastructure utilization became a high priority for Governments worldwide during the COVID-19 pandemic. Special attention is drawn to both the import and local manufacture of medical oxygen gas to ensure its uninterrupted supply to designated COVID-hospitals identified by the local administration. The paper apprises on the administrative and regulatory orders to control the supply and transportation of medical oxygen gas by examining its implementation in India in general and the State of Andhra Pradesh in particular. The paper enhances understanding of the working of governmental administrative systems amidst the emergency. The observations and findings from the research work can be vital inputs to Governmental institutions, regulatory bodies, the industry, and various other stakeholders dealing with medical oxygen gas so that policy and process flow can be improvised.

Keywords: gas distribution; gas transportation; hospitals inputs; liquid medical oxygen; medical infrastructure; medicinal gas.