October 16, 2021

Centre to provide training to ITI grads for maintaining oxygen plants at hospitals

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The Union skill development and entrepreneurship ministry are planning to impart training to Industrial Training Institutes (ITI) students which will help them for managing pressure swing adsorption (PSA) oxygen plants that are evolving in different parts of the country.  A minimum of 84 master trainers are given the required training and additional ITI students will be selected for taking charge of running and maintenance of these plants at the district levels, revealed person aware about the matter.

Earlier in May, the Union Health and Family Welfare Ministry urged all the states and private hospitals, where PSA oxygen plants will be established to assure the trained professionals handle the operations.

The Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) had declared funds from PM-CARES Fund for 551 PSA medical oxygen generation plants to enhance the availability of oxygen to hospitals. The new plants will be set up in government hospitals at district headquarters.

The source, requesting anonymity added, “The health ministry has issued instructions that PSA plants should be operated by trained technical manpower. Each hospital had to identify at least 2 to 3 people who are well trained in the operation of the PSA plant and depute them for operating these. The states and Union territories were asked to identify up to 5 master trainers who could in turn train people for employment at the district and hospital level. The skill development ministry… has trained master trainers in collaboration with IIT [Indian Institute of Technology] Kanpur and Naval Dock, Vishakhapatnam…”

The hospitals are urged to cater to bed cylinders for non-critical patients. The staff will further be provided the training for the use of concentrators and oxygen cylinders in both hospitals and home care.

The source added, “The PSA plant operators will be trained to handle routine maintenance aspects and minor faults such as electrical or technical problems so that they can fix the problems on-site.”

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