GOI first tasked Absstem to manufacture, deliver, and install medical oxygen generators in 129 hospitals across 25 states and 4 Union territories
At least 29 oxygen generators were airlifted to several prominent hospitals including Kargil and Zanskar in Ladakh (ht. 3,000 metres (9,800 feet)), Mockokchung and Kohima in Nagaland, Anjaw in Arunachal Pradesh, and Kavaratti and Agatti Island in Lakshadweep.
New Delhi, 08.08.2022: In order to make medical oxygen readily available across India, Absstem Technologies, a leading medical technology provider and medical gas generator manufacturer, teamed up with the Indian government on the production and installation of oxygen generators across the country. This came on the heels of a biting wave of COVID-19 which exposed the gaps in medical oxygen availability and supply in the country.
The Indian government first tasked Absstem in January 2021 to manufacture, deliver, and install medical oxygen generators in 129 hospitals across 25 states and four Union territories. Through that collaboration, Absstem was instrumental in the nation’s effort to ensure sufficient availability of medical oxygen whenever and wherever it was needed at the peak of the second wave in 2021. This process also involved moving oxygen generators from the urban cities to remote regions and areas.
At least 29 oxygen generators were airlifted to several prominent hospitals including Kargil and Zanskar in Ladakh, Mockokchung and Kohima in Nagaland, Anjaw in Arunachal Pradesh, and Kavaratti and Agatti Island in Lakshadweep. With a production capacity of 20 lac litres of oxygen per hour, Absstem was able to cope with the rising demand by deploying its expertise on installations, regardless of topography or altitude.
“We’re professionals, it’s what we do and we’ve been able to demonstrate our expertise so far. Whether it’s high altitudes or low lands, our team is always committed to delivering success. In the Zanskar region of Ladakh, for instance, we installed oxygen generators at an altitude of 5,500M above sea level. Remote regions like Kavaratti and Agatti, on the Lakshadweep Island were getting their only source of oxygen from us due to their isolated geography and the fact that they don’t share a border with India,” says Mohit Sharma, Co-founder of Absstem Technologies.
Other remote locations like Roing in Arunachal Pradesh in the east, Morbi in Gujrat in the west, Kupwara, J & K/Zanskar, and Leh in the North, as well as Karikalampakkam and Puducherry in the South also received substantial oxygen supplies from Absstem during the period. India’s recorded death figures were one of the highest in the world during the COVID-19 second-wave crisis between February and July 2021, but for the efforts of companies like Absstem, the situation would’ve been worse.
Absstem began the development of medical oxygen generators in 2017 using the PSA (pressure swing adsorption) technology. The company started out as an independent source of medical oxygen, harvesting atmospheric air and requiring only electricity to produce oxygen. This alternative method of oxygen production became widespread in India after Absstem successfully installed its first batch of oxygen machines in 2020 at several private hospitals in Northern India.
Absstem Technologies has shown capacity and resilience in their handling of the COVID-19 situation, deploying their field marshals even in the face of danger. The company expanded its team from a meagre 40 people to 120 people within the six-month period of the second wave in a bid to rise to the occasion. With oxygen plants set up in Uttarakhand, Hamirpur, Jharkhand, Meghalaya, Manipur, Nagaland, and several other parts of India, oxygen production capacity has been boosted significantly toward ensuring that the country never experiences a repeat of an oxygen crisis in the future.