During the second wave of COVID-19, no deaths were reported in Tamil Nadu owing to a lack of oxygen, according to State Minister for Health Ma Subramanian. According to Chief Minister MK Stalin, anti-COVID steps were taken to ensure that no such deaths occurred.
“There was a robust (COVID-19) regulation in place in Tamil Nadu, and no one succumbed to the virus owing to a lack of oxygen,” the Medical and Family Welfare Minister told reporters at the Secretariat.
Mr. Subramanian was responding to a question about COVID-19 mortality due to a lack of oxygen.
“When the Chief Minister took office on May 7, there was a lack of oxygen in the state. The oxygen available on that day was 230 metric tonne, while the daily COVID-19 cases were 26,465,” he stated.
“The instances gradually increased to (the highest of) 36,184 cases on May 21, and the required for oxygen was over 500 metric tonne; at that time, the Chief Minister (M K Stalin) made efforts, and we imported oxygen from Rourkela and Jamshedpur (by trains to satisfy the requirement),” he said.
“He (the Chief Minister) took different precautions to ensure that there was no significant impact or loss of life as a result of the lack of oxygen,” he said.
Mr. Subramanian stated that there would be no shortage of vaccination doses for the next three days because the State received 5.42 lakh doses today.
“We already have 6,27,470 doses in stock, and we received 5,42,780 doses this evening,” he added, adding that “we will be able to vaccinate people without any issues for the next three days.”
According to him, the Centre has enhanced the State’s dose allocation by another five lakh for this month.
“The Centre granted 72 lakh doses to Tamil Nadu in July and 17 lakh vaccines to private hospitals, with plans to deliver five lakh more doses to the State,” he said.