The farsightedness of Nandurbar collector in setting up oxygen plants in the district over the past few months has helped them in handling the Covid-19 situation better at a time when Maharashtra and many other states are grappling with the shortage of the life-saving gas. Even as the first Covid-19 wave ebbed, Dr Rajendra Bharud, the collector of Nandurbar, located over 400 km from Mumbai, was busy installing a liquid oxygen plant of 600 litres per minute capacity at the civil hospital in September last year.
The 2013 batch IAS officer had realised that the tribal-dominated district lacked such a facility and dependence on other places for the supply would be a bane in case the Covid-19 count rose, as is evident now. The district administration installed two more plants, one at the civil hospital and another in Shahada town of the district — costing Rs 85 lakh each — this year in February and March, respectively.
The Nandurbar administration encouraged private hospitals to follow suit and they also set up two oxygen generation plants, Bharud told.