Owing to the monumental rise in COVID-19 cases in the second wave, medical infrastructure in the entire country began to crumble. At this juncture, AIF recognised the need for medical grade oxygen in hospitals and contributed to the efforts of the Government by installing 53 PSA plants, one oxygen pipeline, and distributing 550 oxygen cylinders and 5,414 oxygen concentrators across the country.
AIF distributed 5,414 oxygen concentrators across 27 states and 2 union territories in India to address the shortage of medical grade oxygen around the country. The oxygen concentrators are designed to extract oxygen from ambient air to provide 93% pure oxygen and work at a 10L/minute flow. These come with a timer function and a bacterial filter.
In May 2021, AIF’s Project Jeevan, a free of cost home based Oxygen Concentrator delivery project also provided 150 oxygen concentrators across 4 states of Uttarakhand, Chhattisgarh, Bihar, and Uttar Pradesh; making life saving equipment accessible to those who had lost all hope!
Working with the public health ecosystem to ensure preparedness for future emergencies, AIF has set up 53 Oxygen Plants across 16 states and union territories in India to make hospitals self reliant for future COVID-19 exigencies and ensure long-term relief for people in need of medical grade oxygen each year. Built within government hospital premises, the Plants are capable of serving 14,248 beds.
Three kinds of Oxygen Plants have been set up - 250 L/min capacity, 280 L/min capacity, and 500 L/min capacity. These Plants are based on the PSA (Pressure Swing Adsorption) technology that requires no raw material to produce industrial/ medical grade oxygen. The self-sustaining technology allows the Plant to use natural air from the atmosphere to separate medical grade oxygen for a patient’s supply.