BY: Michelle Liew
News of the world’s second-most populous country struggling to contain the second wave of Covid-19 infections, which includes the spread of a new variant, has been flooding online news portals and social media
The rise of a new variant in India, called B.1.617, is distinguished by having not one but two mutations on the virus spike. Unfortunately, another variant, B.1.1.7, is also spreading in India. That variant, first identified in the United Kingdom, is now the dominant strain in the United States, as reported here by GoodNews.
HOW CAN WE HELP?
As India continues to combat the raging spread of the virus, the BAC Education Group in its efforts to help the people of India, is collaborating with UNICEF, to urgently raise funds for medical equipment, PPE, hygiene supplies and critical care.
Through the campaign, ‘Save Lives in India’ on its fundraising platform GiveBACk.my, you can contribute to this cause. All funds will be directly channeled to UNICEF itself.
To do your part:
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India’s New Hero
The devastating events in India are a global concern, as many countries around the world showing empathy and are sending over supplies to help India cope.
In India, it is not just water or medicines that citizens are yearning for, but oxygen.
One of India’s major companies have been working diligently to provide free oxygen to those in need. Ambani’s Reliance Industries Ltd. has started supplying oxygen from Jamnagar to Maharashtra at no cost, according to a company official.
Although Reliance Industries is not a manufacturer of medical grade liquid oxygen, due to the vast change in circumstances, its production has focused on producing liquid oxygen, and now has become India’s largest medical oxygen producer.
Owned by India’s richest man, Mukesh Ambani, Reliance Industries is the world’s biggest refining complex in western India.
Reliance is diverting some oxygen streams meant for its petroleum coke gasification units after making it suitable for medical use.
Its refinery-cum-petrochemical complex is based in Jamnagar and the company has been producing over 1000 MT of medical-grade liquid oxygen per day, with over 55,000 MT of medical-grade liquid oxygen supplied to people since March 2020. This helps 1 in 10 patients across the country that need life-saving treatment.
“Nothing is more important than saving every life as India battles against a new wave of the COVID-19 pandemic,” its Chairman Mukesh Ambani said in a press release.
While easier said than done, producing medical grade liquid oxygen is not a task for everyone. Oxygen has to be produced in liquid form at -183°C with almost 99.5% purity.
This poses extraordinary challenges and risks in production and maximizing tonnage.
“I am proud of our engineers at Jamnagar who have worked tirelessly, with a great sense of patriotic urgency, to meet this new challenge. They have risen to the occasion and delivered when India needs it the most,” said Ambani.