With the hospital handling more than 1,000 patients few months back, oxygen supply was dependant on a private supplier.
Minister for municipal administration K N Nehru and minister for school education Anbil Mahesh Poyyamozhi inaugurated the plant in the presence of Trichy collector S Sivarasu on Wednesday. Speaking to reporters after the inauguration, Nehru said that the oxygen plant, first to be established at this tertiary care hospital, could produce 350 litres of oxygen per minute. It was constructed at a cost of Rs 53 lakh from the municipal administration fund, said Nehru.
Sources said that the hospital could produce oxygen to a larger extent with the establishment of the new plant.
A senior doctor said that the hospital required nearly 8kl of oxygen per day when the hospital was handling more than 1,000 patients. With the new plant, the hospital can bring down the supply of oxygen from outside and can save up to Rs 35,000 per day.
Sources said that the hospital had plans to set up two more oxygen plants in the capacity of 1,000 and 350 litres.
The hospital also received modern medical equipment like narrow band imaging endoscopy, endoscopic retrograde cholangio-pacreatography (ERCP) and Fuji intelligent chromo endoscopy (FICE).