Kathmandu police confiscate 6,484 oxygen cylinders used for non-medical purpose

File: Medical oxygen cylinders

Kathmandu, May 7

Police in Kathmandu have confiscated 6,484 oxygen cylinders from various persons, households and groups that could be used for Covid-19 patients who are struggling to breathe.

Earlier, realising the surge in the demand for oxygen cylinders along with the rise in the Covid-19 cases in the country, the government had urged all traders and the public to use them for medical purpose only. Accordingly, the Ministry of Home Affairs had decided to mobilise police if necessary to manage the distribution.

Whereas some traders submitted the cylinders to the Ministry of Industry heeding the request, police confiscated most of them.

Home Ministry Joint Secretary Janak Raj Dahal says 1,134 cylinders were returned by the traders and industrialists themselves whereas police confiscated 5,350 from various places of Kathmandu, Bhaktapur, and Lalitpur.

Now, the government plans to distribute them to these hospitals of the country:

  • Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital: 500 cylinders
  • Nepal Medical College: 150
  • Bir Hospital: 300
  • Kist Hospital: 100
  • Mahendra Narayan Nidhi Memorial Hospital: 60
  • Shukraraj Tropical and Infectious Disease Hospital: 130
  • Bhaktapur Hospital: 100
  • Civil Service Hospital: 200
  • Summit Hospital: 45
  • Kathmandu Medical College: 400
  • Patan Hospital: 200
  • Armed Police Force Hospital: 300
  • Nepal Police Hospital: 200
  • People’s Dental College: 100
  • Lumbini Provincial Hospital, Butwal: 1,000
  • Sudurpaschim Provincial Hospital: 300

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