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Oxygen cylinders being procured, Way open to buy from abroad at concessional price

Kathmandu : While a large number of coronavirus patients are losing their lives due to lack of oxygen in neighboring India, assessing that a similar situation may arise in Nepal, the government has started preparations to address it.

According to the Ministry of Health, more than 2,500 Covid patients are being added daily and the risk of oxygen deprivation has increased to 20,000 units.

The government will pave the way for private companies to buy such cylinders from abroad at concessional rates.

The ministry of Health has sent a proposal for tax exemption to the Ministry of Finance to import the quantity of cylinders. Spokesperson of the Ministry of Health Jageshwor Gautam said that a proposal has been sent to exempt the import of cylinders from the private sector to avoid shortage of oxygen.

“We have received a positive response from the finance ministry. As soon as the decision is made, the way will be opened for the private sector to buy,” he said.

Entrepreneurs say it is difficult to buy cylinders. According to him, cylinders will come from China and India, there is still an epidemic in those countries to buy cylinders. If it is not easy to bring from China, then there is a dearth of cylinders in India.

(Source : Aarthik Abhiyan Dainik)

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