In Rajshahi, the demand for oxygen has increased in the Corona situation, but it is being met for extra money
Musba Tinne, Rajshahi correspondent
 The number of corona patients is increasing day by day in Rajshahi. And there are more new patients with corona symptoms. Respiratory problems are one of the physical problems of such patients, doctors say. In such cases, breathing is kept normal by providing oxygen to the patients concerned.
 Demand for oxygen (medical gas) has increased in the Corona situation, and patients and their relatives have complained that suppliers are demanding more than double the price of oxygen cylinder sets due to the artificial crisis. However, the authorities of this cylindered oxygen supplier claim that there is no oxygen stock in Rajshahi at the moment. As a result, they are unable to deliver.
 Artificial respiration requires an oxygen-filled cylinder, a flowmeter to control the speed of the gas supplied through the cylinder, and a mask for use on the patient’s face. And this whole thing is called the ‘oxygen set’.  Only two companies control the market for this oxygen set in Rajshahi. When it comes to buying Coxigen sets, they say they have no supply.
However, if the relatives of the patient are contacted, they are being asked to pay more than the market price.
 The Rajshahi market has been visited, with Connect Distribution Limited and Spectra Oxygen Limited supplying oxygen sets throughout the Rajshahi market. Talking to the local authorities of these two companies, they said that the market price of the oxygen set, which was Rs 14,000 to Rs 15,000 in January-February before the Corona situation, has been increased to Rs 23,000 to Rs 26,000 from April. However, they are not able to supply due to shortage. Not even in their collection.
 Connect Distribution Limited has set the current market price of cylinders, flowmeters and masks with 1.4 cubic meters of oxygen at Rs 26,522. At the beginning of this year, the price was below Rs 20,000. However, the Rajshahi deputy in-charge of the company claims that they do not have the supply at the moment.
 R Spectra Oxygen Limited has set the current market price of cylinders, flowmeters and masks with 1.36 cubic meters of oxygen at Rs. Which was 16,500 rupees at the beginning of this year. The Rajshahi deputy in-charge of the company claims that they do not have the supply at the moment.
 However, Tanvir Islam Ferdous, deputy in-charge of Connect Distribution Limited Rajshahi branch, when contacted as a relative of the patient, said the entire set, including the cylinder, could be procured. He demanded 30 thousand rupees for this.
 Mir Aktarul Islam, deputy in-charge of Spectra Oxygen Limited Rajshahi branch, when contacted by the patient’s relative, said that it could be paid in two-three days and the price would be Rs 28,000.