Seven Indian Navy ships have been deployed for the shipment of liquid medical oxygen-filled cryogenic containers and associated medical equipment from various countries to strengthen Indias fight against the raging second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic. “INS Kolkata, Kochi, Talwar, Tabar, Trikand, Jalashwa and Airavat have been deployed for the shipment of liquid medical oxygen-filled cryogenic containers in support of the nation’s fight against Covid-19 and as part of operation ‘Samudra Setu II’,” the Indian Navy stated.
INS Kolkata and INS Talwar, deployed in the Persian Gulf, were the first batch of ships that were immediately diverted for the task and entered the port of Manama, Bahrain, on Friday. INS Talwar is headed back home with 40 MT liquid medical oxygen. INS Kolkata has proceeded to Doha, Qatar, for embarking medical supplies and will subsequently head to Kuwait for embarking liquid oxygen tanks.
Similarly, on the Eastern seaboard, INS Airavat has been diverted for the task, while INS Jalashwa, LPD which played a key role during operation Samudra Setu last year, was pulled out of maintenance, readied and sailed out to augment the effort, the Navy said.
IAF airlifts 3 gas containers from Singapore to Panagarh in Bengal: The Indian Air Force airlifted 3 empty oxygen containers from Singapore to the Panagarh airbase in West Bengal on Saturday. “Today, the IAF has employed an IL-76 transport aircraft to carry 3 empty cryogenic oxygen containers from Singapore for Panagarh,” a statement noted.
Thailand aid reaches India: Medical aid is pouring in from around the world to India with the latest help coming from Thailand. Sources said the Thailand government has sent its aircraft to evacuate some Thai Embassy officials from India. The Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) flight, which arrived in India on Saturday for evacuation, also carried 15 oxygen concentrators as donation from the Thailand government to the Indian Red Cross, along with 15 concentrators donated by the Hindu Samaj of Bangkok.
Unicef sends 3,000 O2 concentrators
Unicef said on Saturday it sent critical lifesaving supplies, including 3,000 O2 concentrators, to help India. The agency has supplied over 500 high-flow nasal cannulas and 85 RT-PCR machines. It is supporting the procurement and installation of 25 O2 plants for hospitals in the Northeast and Maharashtra, and the installation of over 70 thermal scanners at ports of entry in India. “The scenes we are seeing in India are simply devastating,” George Laryea-Adjei, Unicef regional director for South Asia, said. “The most vulnerable families are paying a steep price for this new surge.” “Unicef has sent critical life-saving supplies, including 3,000 O2 concentrators, diagnostic tests, medical kits, and equipments to help India in its battle with a deadly Covid wave,” it stated. Meanwhile, Premier Doug Ford said Ontario will donate 3,000 ventilators to Indian Red Cross to fight the pandemic.
“Much more is needed as the outbreak continues to spread rapidly,” Yasmin Haque, Unicef representative in India, said in a statement.