CDMX installs stations for free recharging of oxygen tanks

For people who require artificial oxygenation as a result of the low saturation caused by COVID-19, the Secretariat of Health of Mexico City (Sedesa) put into operation two stations for the free recharge of portable oxygen cylinders.

The service is offered by the Sedesa in two points of the capital of the country; the facilities of the Child Rehabilitation Center in the Gustavo A. Madero Mayor’s Office (GAM), and on the plate of the Civic Square of the Iztapalapa Mayor’s Office. Support is offered from 09:00 to 17:00 Monday through Friday. This January 1, the service will also be given.

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The agreement to provide it, at no cost to those who need it, was made with the INFRA company, with an initial term of 15 days, which will be adjusted according to the needs of the population’s demand.

To recharge the tanks, it will be essential that the cylinder has the current hydrostatic safety test (PH) and be in physical condition accepted by the operator, Sedesa said in a statement. The operating capacity of the two units that offer the service is 50 cylinders per day.

In cases where the PH is expired, it will not be possible to recharge. In the two service stations, signs will be placed with the addresses where people can go to do it.

The capital’s Ministry of Health, headed by Oliva López Arellano, specified in the statement that only one cylinder per person will be recharged. The organization of the people who come to refill their oxygen tanks will be in charge of the health and citizen security authorities of the capital.

Those who can access a refill of their cylinders are the people discharged and requiring oxygenation while completing their rehabilitation at home. Also the people who in the kiosks and health centers were valued by medical personnel and they were instructed to use oxygen.

The service station located in Gustavo A. Madero – 30 meters from the triage center where people with mild and moderate symptoms are channeled to the Centro Banamex or nearby hospitals – will have a constant sanitation program.

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