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Unavailability of medical oxygen in Delhi and NCR has hampered the management of Covid-19, which is why the French embassy donated an oxygen generator. It arrived on May 2, at around 6:30 am at the Delhi airport and it took another three hours for the generator models to be handed over. Last week, Narayana Super Speciality Hospital received an e mail from the embassy about the generator. It stated that they were sending one to the Narayana Healthcare (the non-public hospital chain that runs the hospital), for the Bangalore facility. However, later, they obtained an email again requesting them to send the generator to the Delhi facility because of the oxygen crisis. Within 48 hours, the generator was dispatched from France to India and was installed at the hospital in Delhi. This generator can fill 48 cylinders (weighing 40 to 60 litres of oxygen). Normally, the approval and set up course would have taken months, but because of the rapid increase in covid cases, the French authorities responded quick. Chairman of Narayana Well being, Dr Devi Prasad Shetty, said that the hospital staffer already received the location for set up of the generator. Regional director of Narayana Well being, Commander Navneet Bali said, “By 8.30pm, the oxygen generator plant was put in. And, at 9.30pm, we had began the trial run. In another three hours, the oxygen era plant grew to become absolutely operational and began producing oxygen for the hospital." The hospital has 200 bed, accommodating 62 Covid-19 patients, out of which 18 are on ventilator. The hospital requires 13 lakh litres of oxygen every day. It stated, “We don’t have an oxygen tank. Our every day demand was met primarily by the 2 present mills that might fill 80 D-type cylinders every day. For any additional requirement, we had been depending on suppliers from neighbouring areas." BLK Super Specialty hospital in central Delhi has obtained one oxygen generator from the French authorities. Few public hospitals have also received these mills. A physician at Lady Hardinge Medical School said, “We now have obtained more than 100 oxygen concentrators through international support."