Damauli Hospital of Tanahun has started producing oxygen from its own oxygen plant.

This is the first time oxygen has been produced in the district.

"The work of installing the oxygen plant at the hospital had started eight months ago.

As the installation has finished, oxygen production has started," said Damauli Hospital Management Committee Chairperson Pradipraj Adhikari, adding that installation of the oxygen plant was possible with the assistance of the province government.

According to hospital medical superintendent Dr Sunil Poudel, the plant was installed at a cost of around 5.3 million rupees.

"As we didn't have oxygen plant earlier, we would refer emergency patients elsewhere; now that we have a plant here with the capacity to produce 20 cylinders of oxygen every day, we are better poised to treat even critical patients here now," Poudel said.

According to Dr Poudel, the hospital is looking forward to installing booster on the oxygen plant with the help of the provincial government.

"We will be able to supply oxygen even to other health facilities inside the district if we install booster for the oxygen plant," Poudel said. The hospital had started producing oxygen from the plant from September 24.

With the oxygen plant, the hospital has also added some infrastructure, including a seven-bed Intensive Care Unit equipped with four ventilators.

A version of this article appears in the print on October 3, 2021, of The Himalayan Times.