When news of acute oxygen shortages started pouring in from the neighbouring country, the Islamic Republic too had to hit the gas on its production capacity. In the northwestern province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, which houses only two oxygen plants, the influx of coronavirus cases meant that the demand was suddenly much higher than the entire region’s production capacity. “A man recently walked in right through our facility’s front door and begged for an oxygen cylinder,” recalled Khalid Afridi, who runs an oxygen production facility in the heart of Peshawar. Per local accounts, total oxygen production across K-P is some 1,500m3/hour, out of which over 120m3/h is produced by Afridi’s unit while around 1400m3/h is produced at another facility near Hattar Industrial Estate. Following the surge of Covid-19 cases in K-P, the province’s eight major hospitals are said to have immediately reported an 83 per cent increase in demand for oxygen.
Source: The Express Tribune May 07, 2021 06:11 UTC