UPL a global provider of sustainable agriculture solutions, today announced that it has set-up plants at eight hospitals in Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, UP, and New Delhi to generate oxygen. Responding to the nationwide shortage caused by the surge in Covid cases, the company rapidly stepped up it’s innovation and converted four of its nitrogen production plants in Gujarat, to produce and deliver oxygen to four hospitals in Gujarat and Uttar Pradesh. These plants are “skid mounted” and delivered directly to the hospital sites for them to be directly plugged into the hospital’s oxygen header system to help attain self-sufficiency in supply.
These converted plants have now been installed and operational at the hospitals including Government Ayurvedic College in Chauka Ghat, Varanasi, Haria L G Rotary Hospital in Vapi, Jayaben Hospital in Ankleshwar and Government Hospital in Jambusar, Bharuch. In addition to this, UPL has also installed a direct oxygen plant at Max Hospital, Patparganj, New Delhi and is in the process of providing additional three oxygen plants at Indore, Gwalior and Varanasi. All these eight oxygen plants together will be catering to ~1,000 beds. UPL has also supplied ventilators, oxygen concentrators, Covid medicine kits under the supervision of the local Chief Medical Officer in Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh.
UPL pioneered to help meet the rising demand by converting Industrial Nitrogen plant for generating Oxygen. As part of the task force formed by Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), this conversion experience was shared with other industry members who were willing to get their Nitrogen plants converted to Oxygen generating plant. We are glad as a part of the task force team, we were successful in encouraging and educating about 100 industry members to come forward to execute the noble cause.
Commenting on this development, Mr. Jai Shroff, CEO of UPL Ltd. said, “We, at UPL, are committed to our value of being ‘Always Human’. We are proud of our team who showcased exemplary agility and innovation in these tough times by developing the unique solution of converting nitrogen to oxygen. We will continue to support the community through our bit in this battle against the pandemic.”
Dr. S. S. Singh, Director, Medical Services, Haria LG Rotary Hospital, Vapi said, “We have set up a Covid Camp with a facility of 60 ICU beds with all the facilities including ventilators and oxygen. We were facing an issue of irregular supply of oxygen to run these beds. We reached out to UPL to help us overcome this crisis, and they set up a skid-mounted oxygen plant at our hospital, which we were in dire need of. At the initial stage of installation, the plant is generating 300-350 litres of oxygen per minute that is sufficient to treat 30-40 patients at a time, comfortably. We are extremely grateful to UPL for their generous and timely contribution at a time when we needed it the most.”