CHATTOGRAM: Abul Khair Group, one of the leading business conglomerates of the country, extended supports to address the oxygen crisis in the hospitals for the treatment of Covid-19 patients.
A new unit has been set up to supply oxygen from the AKS (Abul Khair Steel) plant in Shitalpur area under Sitakunda upazila in the district, the company officials said.Mentionable, the company has been providing free oxygen supports since the beginning of the corona pandemic last year.
This time, the company came forward in response to the second wave of pandemic to supply the necessary liquid oxygen to government hospitals across the country in collaboration with government initiatives.
The company formally inaugurated the service at the AKS Oxygen Factory on Wednesday.
Its Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Md Abdullah, Oxygen Plant General Manager Md Nazrul Islam, Deputy General Manager NP Gaur, Assistant General Manager Md Samsuddoha and Senior Manager (HR Admin) Imrul Quader Bhuiyan were present at the programme among others.
The officials said they launched the plant for the people at the beginning of the corona pandemic.
The largest plant with a generation capacity of 260 tonnes of oxygen is supplying 20 tonnes oxygen per day now and the quantity will be increased, if needed.More than 5,000 cylinders were provided and central oxygen supply systems were developed at 20 hospitals by the company since the beginning, they said.
The company will also provide oxygen to the firms which supply oxygen after importing from the India.
A total of 22 tonnes of liquid medical oxygen were supplied to two local firms during the official inauguration on Wednesday.
The money to be earned from the oxygen supplies will be donated to the Prime Minister's Relief Fund, the company officials said.
AKS Oxygen Plant Senior Manager (HR Admin) Imrul Quader Bhuiyan said they came forward to supply oxygen to address the crisis as the Indian government stopped supplying oxygen.
“We have already started supplying medical oxygen to the government hospitals and patients will get it free of cost,” he said.
They are now supplying oxygen to 20 to 25 hospitals of different districts including Chattogram, Noakhali and Feni, he added.