Amid the fear of third wave of COVID-19 pandemic, PM Modi chaired a high-level meeting to review the oxygen and bed availability. PM’s Modi comes at a time when concerns over the third wave have started building up as states have unlocked for businesses and other activities. The recent images of crowds swarming up at vacation spots and local markets are also adding to the concern.


A few days after his cabinet rejig, Prime Minister Modi took a meeting with high level executives and directed them to make sure that the hospitals are comprised with adequate staff. Further, the Indian Prime Minister also reviewed the oxygen preparedness and its augmentation across the country. A statement from PM’s office claimed that the PM directed officials to make sure that oxygen plants are maintained appropriately and that each location comprises of adequate personnel.

The meeting comes at a time when the numbers of daily active cases, though receded from the peak, have started showing an upward trend. From March till May 2021, India suffered a major blow with states raising alarm for not having enough oxygen, medicines and beds.

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8,000 Personnel To be Trained, 1,500 Oxygen Plants to be Set Up

As per the statement from the PMO, high-level executives told PM that as many as 8,000 medical personnel are already expected to be trained in India. Further, PM Modi was also told. About the utilization of the PM Cares funds for setting up more oxygen plants. PMO’s statement claimed that the PM was told that around 1,500 PSA oxygen plants will be set up across the nation to give support to 4,00,000 oxygenated beds.

Here’s what the statement read coming straight from the PMO-

“Officials briefed PM about the progress on installation of PSA Oxygen plants across the country. More than 1500 PSA Oxygen plants are coming up across the nation which includes the contribution from PM CARES as well as various ministries & PSUs.”

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PM’s Cabinet Clears Rs. 23,123 Crores for COVID-19 Preparedness

It should be noted that the meeting was held a day after the Union Cabinet cleared a sum of Rs. 23,123 crores as part of the COVID-19 Emergency Response & Health Systems Preparedness Package – Phase 2. As per the package, as many as 1,050 liquid medical oxygen tanks will be installed which will be enabled with a medical gas pipeline system. As per the plan, every district across the nation will receive 1 medical oxygen tank unit.

Centre Warns on Potential Third Wave

Meanwhile, pictures of videos showing people breaking all COVID-19 protocols and crowding at public places have gone wild across the nation. To instill insight about the potential healthcare issues this could cause, Centre’s NITI Aayog’s Dr. V.K. Paul, who’s also a member of the national COVID-19 task force spoke to media.

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“In a mood of recreation at tourist spots, there is particularly risk of COVID-19. Infection has always spread in crowded places faster. Tourism should be there, but if we are irresponsible and don’t follow COVID-19-appropriate behaviour, the virus can spread faster,”

Dr. Paul was quoted saying.

“All The Gains Can Be Reverse”

Further, he also added-

“This is a cause of concern as these people will return and can infect others. The time is not quite there to be completely normal. All the gains (in the fight against Covid) can reverse. We can’t afford this kind of laxity. There needs to be a continuous campaign against Covid,”

Dr Paul told reporters today.