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TECHNOLOGY: Medical Oxygen In Rural Places


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INTAKA Tech, Cape Town-based manufacturer and marketer of state-of-the-art gas and water equipment, is helping to boost the healthcare industry in South Africa with its Gas Generation Systems (GGS). Over 50 of these systems are in operation at hospitals throughout the country.

Intaka Tech is currently working with the South African Government to accelerate service delivery and enhance the healthcare and wellbeing of South Africa’s people.

The government is currently under pressure in terms of service delivery,” says Rodrigo Savoi, CEO of Intaka Tech. “Our aim is to work in partnership with government to contribute to its aim to provide effective, appropriate services to comprehensively address South Africa’s healthcare gas needs.”

Intaka Tech’s GGS generates pure medical oxygen and medical air on-site providing a cost effective supply on demand. It can easily and quickly be transported to its destination no matter how remote. Intaka Tech is currently the only South African manufacturer of mid-sized PSA gas generation systems, according to Savoi.

The most recent installations were 22 GGSs at state hospitals in KwaZulu-Natal. The commissioning of a further 23 GGSs is currently in process, these being phases three and four of the project. The GGSs will be the main source of medical oxygen supply in the KwaZulu-Natal state hospitals for medical oxygen and medical air.

A total of 30 GGSs are also in operation at 30 different hospitals in the Northern Cape. Seven of the plants were installed four years ago, with another 23 being installed three years ago. These hospitals are now producing their own medical oxygen and medical air for main pipeline supply 24/7. This eliminates the use of individual cylinders positioned all over the hospital, reduces the risk of contamination, and also reduces the carbon footprint by producing gas on site.

The atmosphere that the medical oxygen and medical air is produced from is limitless and free at every hospital site, which is one of the reasons why the GGS operating costs are very low. Use of the Intaka Tech GGS means that the hospitals concerned are not vulnerable to the priorities or problems of a transport contractor who is responsible for gas deliveries.

As with all Intaka Tech’s designs, the GGS is robust and demands very little maintenance. “Its operation is easy to master, and maintenance is limited to normal air compressor upkeep and the periodic cleaning of filter parts,” says Savoi.

It offers easy information access within the containerized system. Oxygen purity and pressure information is accessed via a Zirconium touch screen.

In addition all essential components are monitored, allowing early response to potential problems. “Using a telemetry option (GPRS), monitoring of the equipment may be done from a central control centre.”

The minimum oxygen concentration produced by the Intaka Tech GGS, as well as the entire specifications for medical oxygen, is in accordance with the International U.S. Pharmacopeia:

Intaka Tech models occupy a unique market niche, in that they can produce between 1 and 191 tons of medical oxygen per month, and 5 and 126 tons of free medical air per month.

It is ideal for applications in government owned hospitals, private sector hospitals and clinics.

The hospital contracts are based on a long-term investment concept. Monthly rental covers the equipment, pipework, and service and maintenance for the first five-year tender. For the second five year tender the only cost of producing gas is equivalent to the cost of maintenance required to operate the system, as well as electricity.

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