SILVER SPRING, MD (June 3, 2021) – The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) delivered a new oxygen production system to the METAS Hospital in India to ramp up critically-needed oxygen production to one of the largest Adventist hospitals treating COVID-19 patients. The system, known as a Pressure Swing Absorption Generation Plant (PSA) was airlifted from Italy and is being installed at the 300-bed facility located in the state of Gujarat in western India. This new system will provide 600 liters of medical-grade oxygen per minute 24-hours a day to treat critically ill COVID-19 patients. The devastating second surge of COVID-19 cases has caused severe oxygen shortages overwhelming medical facilities throughout India.
“The COVID-19 outbreak has pushed the health systems to a breaking point. Hospitals are operating near or beyond capacity. Many people have been struggling and dying due to a lack of medical oxygen. We are grateful to be able to provide the new oxygen plant which will now assist in saving more lives. This plant will ensure that the hospitals will depend much less on outside suppliers.” says Weston Davis, ADRA country director in India. “Please continue to pray and help the people in this region. ADRA will keep on working with the Adventist Church, the Adventist health care systems, and other trusted partners to expand and mobilize humanitarian relief to combat the urgent situation.”
ADRA plans to install additional oxygen generation plants in other medical facilities in Pune and Delhi and has already delivered hundreds of medical supplies including PPE kits, ICU beds, and oxygen concentrators. The international relief agency has been responding to the alarming crisis since the new COVID-19 outbreak was reported in April. It is monitoring six Adventists hospitals in Surat, Ranchi, Pune, Kerala, Bangalore, and Nuzvid to strengthen the medical capacity and improve care, and collaborating with the NGO Doctors for You, as well as the Indian government to manage COVID-19 vaccination centers in Patna (Bihar) and Delhi.
The humanitarian agency is also scaling up operations in other COVID-19 hot spots in Asia to aid major hospitals in Sri Lanka and Nepal as the deadly virus surge spreads in the region.
According to health officials, India’s COVID-19 variant has spread to several districts within Nepal and Sri Lanka affecting people between 20 and 44 years old. The World Health Organization estimates the new surge has spiked the number of confirmed cases in the region to more than 28 million people and increased the death toll to *340,165 since the beginning of the pandemic in 2020. (*numbers subject to change daily).
“Despite the travel restrictions, security concerns, and lockdowns prompted by the rapid rate of infections, our ADRA team on the ground has been assessing the situation and coordinating humanitarian efforts to provide desperately needed oxygen concentrators, hospital beds, emergency operation lights, bedside monitors, and PPE kits to hospitals in Nepal,” says Leighton Fletcher, ADRA country director in Nepal. “ADRA plans to expand COVID-19 treatment support and will continue caring for women and children by mobilizing nurses and psychological counselors to maintain reproductive, maternal, newborn, child, and adolescent health support in the local Nepalese community.”
In Sri Lanka, ADRA is working with public health offices to identify urgent needs in districts and cities most affected by COVID-19. To ease the medical equipment and oxygen supply shortages, ADRA will be supporting two major hospitals in the Gampaha district by delivering critically needed oxygen concentrators, hospital beds, patient monitors, and protective equipment.
To learn more about ADRA’s response or make donations to assist with relief efforts in India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and other countries, visit ADRA.org.
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The Adventist Development and Relief Agency is the international humanitarian arm of the Seventh-day Adventist Church serving in 118 countries. Its work empowers communities and changes lives around the globe by providing sustainable community development and disaster relief. ADRA’s purpose is to serve humanity so all may live as God intended. For more information, visit ADRA.org.