As oxygen shortages persist due to the numbers of Covid-19 infections increasing, the Japanese government along with private companies are continuing to provide oxygen support to India, according to The Gas Review.
The Japanese government donated 300 oxygen concentrators and 300 ventilators to India on April 30th of this year. After being passed to Indian officials in May, the Japanese government announced additional support of approximately 5.5 billion yen.
Additional supported was provided later that month with a further 2 billion yen donated to India and 500 more oxygen concentrators, along with 500 extra ventilators. In late May 2000 oxygen concentrators and 1000 ventilators were also donated.
India has received 800 of the concentrators, with 300 of them being made by Air Water.
Sanyo Industries have supplied around 200 oxygen concentrators, although it’s unclear whether this is part of the government’s support.
As Daikin Industries donate 200 oxygen concentrators to hospitals and Covid-19 medical centres in the suburbs of Neemrana in Rajasthan State, it’s becoming apparent that more private companies are becoming more involved in supplying India with oxygen support.
With a 20-year history of business development in India, Daikin Industries have been providing jobs to locals in Neemrana via their factory for air conditioning equipment.
The Japanese, EU, and US groups of tyre manufacturer Bridgestone has partnered up to supply 120 oxygen concentrators, 56 ventilators, and 10,000 N-95 masks to their local subsidiary in India, Bridgestone India.
The company’s PR department commented on the action, saying, “We hope this will improve the overloaded medical system.”
Other companies including industrial gas giants Nippon Sanso Group and Air Water have increased operating scale to produce medical oxygen at their gas production plants in India and supplying it to local medical institutes.
In addition, Iwatani ordered two of its Japanese workers at Iwatani India back to Japan after infections began to spread in April.
The infrastructure of India has not developed to the point at which, during periods of such high demand, it is viable to fill cylinders with gas and distribute gas from production plants to storage tanks and transport using tanker trucks.
This inability to meet demand explains why oxygen concentrators are such highly necessitated commodities in the country, as, providing there’s a power supply, they are able to quickly supply oxygen to patients.
With zeolite, a core material in oxygen concentrators, already in short supply and as Covid-19 spreads throughout the developing world, Japan predicts to see a rapid increase in demand for oxygen concentrators through Southeast Asia.