Major oxygen supplier asks hospital for alternate arrangements in face of rising demand

Due to Covid-19 pandemic, demand for oxygen reached unprecedented levels / Pakistan Oxygen Limited issued force majeure notices to hospitals

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Oxygen Limited, a leading supplier of oxygen across the country, has issued a force majeure notices to hospitals as major hospitals about the increasing demand the company is unable to meet increasing demand.

In a letter sent to major hospitals, Pakistan Oxygen has stated that the gap between demand and supply of oxygen is widening beyond the control of the company despite running its three oxygen plants on full capacity.

POL has requested the hospitals to make alternate arrangements for procuring oxygen from other sources from here onwards till further notice.

POL has mentioned that it will not be liable for any circumstances on account of its inability to meet any demand for supply of oxygen to the hospitals.

It is pertinent to note that due to Covid-19 pandemic, demand for oxygen has reached unprecedented levels, despite the continuous increase in supply, which is still far less than what is needed.

“This is the situation beyond our control, to which we are responding to the best of our ability and capacity. While we are doing everything possible to respond to any hospital emergency, we are unable to meet this increasing demand,” the company said adding the company is operating all three of its existing plants at Karachi and Lahore to their maximum stated capacity, yet the demand for oxygen continues to increase

Ghulam Abbas
The writer is a member of the staff at the Islamabad Bureau. He can be reached at [email protected]

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