Standing in solidarity with India, France on Tuesday became one of the many countries to announce its support to India to help it fight the second COVID-19 wave. France has announced that it will provide India with eight high-capacity oxygen generators, liquid oxygen for 2000 patients for five days, as well as 28 ventilators and equipment for ICUs.
Taking to Twitter, French Ambassador Emmanuel Lenain said: "In the next few days, France will deliver to India not only immediate relief but also long-term capacities:- 8 high capacity oxygen generators, each providing yearlong O2 for 250 beds - Liquid O2 for 2000 patients for 5 days - 28 ventilators and equipment for ICUs."
Lenain in another tweet said that the massive solidarity mission, initiated by French President Emmanuel Macron, aims to both respond to the emergency and boost the long-term resilience of India's healthcare system.
"This massive solidarity mission, initiated by Prez @EmmanuelMacron 's request, is supported by French companies present in India and the EU. It aims to both respond to the emergency and boost the long-term resilience of India's healthcare system," Lenain tweeted.
According to an official notification, France will carry out a solidarity mission in support of Indians and send eight high-capacity oxygen generators, liquid oxygen and 28 ventilators.
"France and India have always stood by each other’s side in difficult times. This solidarity is at the core of our strategic partnership and the friendship between the Indian and the French peoples," said the French government.
Coordinated by the Ministry's Crisis and Support Centre and carried out by the Embassy of France in India, the mission will involve shipping by air and sea freight by the end of this week said a statement issued by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Eight medical oxygen generators, manufactured by a French SME, each of which can make an Indian hospital autonomous in oxygen supply for approximately 10 years.
These oxygen production units are durable installations that can produce medical oxygen from ambient air yearlong.
Each unit can uninterruptedly supply a 250-bed hospital. Its oxygen output can fulfill the needs of 15 critically ill COVID patients in an ICU (or 30 patients in the ICU of a conventional hospital) or 150 patients on oxygen therapy in a conventional hospital facility.
These oxygen generators also include ramps for filling oxygen cylinders; containers of liquid medical oxygen - 5 being sent in the first installment - each capable of supplying medical oxygen to up to 10,000 patients per day; specialized medical equipment, notably including 28 ventilators and their consumables, as well as 200 electric syringe pumps.
This comes as the pandemic situation in India deteriorated with over 3 lakh infections being reported in a day.
India is witnessing a deadly COVID-19 wave. The increasing cases have led to the storage of hospital beds and medical-grade oxygen in the country.
The worsening COVID-19 situation in India has seen a surge in the demand for medical oxygen and beds for the COVID-19 patients and many states are reporting an acute shortage of essential medical supplies.
Availability of oxygen is a key element in the treatment of certain medical conditions in the COVID infection.
Besides France, several others countries including the United Kingdom, the US and Germany have also announced plans to support India.
(With inputs from ANI)