A new oxygen plant has been launched at the National Referral Hospital (NRH) by the Solomon Islands Ministry of Health and Medical Services with support from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the European Union (EU).
The delivered oxygen plant has the capacity to produce over 500,000 litres of medicinal oxygen within 24 hours, able to fill a total of 74 (50L) oxygen cylinders. With this level of oxygen being generated, the oxygen plant will be able to provide non-stop oxygen to around approximately 25 patients with severe and critical pneumonia.
The oxygen plant uses pressure-swing adsorption (PSA) technology to capture ambient air and separate the gases from each other. During this process, oxygen is concentrated to the 93% purity acceptable for medical applications.
“This new plant will enable us to save significant amount of funds that can be utilized for other health needs.” said Honourable Dr. Togamana, the Minister of Health in Solomon Island.
Everyone was delighted to see this new oxygen plant installed at the National Referral Hospital and ready to deliver medical-grade oxygen to all Solomon Islanders who need it.