Last Updated: May 2, 2021, 2230 hrs
Across the world around 40 nations including the US, Russia, France, Germany, Australia, Ireland, Belgium, Romania, Luxembourg, Singapore, Portugal, Sweden, New Zealand, Kuwait and Mauritius have announced medical supplies and assistance to help India deal with the tsunami of the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic that has devastated many parts of the country.
India received Covid medical aid from France on May 2. France delivered eight oxygen generator plants including 28 tonnes of medical equipment among others.
On 1st May 25 oxygen concentrator arrived IGI from Thailand by RTAF 219.
On April 29, India received from Emercom or the Ministry of Emergency Situations of the Russian Federation a consignment of 20 oxygen concentrators, 75 ventilators, 150 bedside monitors, 2,00,928 Fabipiravir/Coronavir via IRCS, which was later transferred to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.
On April 29, British Embassy in Berlin handed over to the health ministry 120 oxygen concentrators.
On April 28 Singapore’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs sent 256 oxygen cylinders and 16 cylinder steel racks to India.
Air Force C-5M loaded with COVID-19 relief supplies left Travis Air Force Base, California, on April 28 for New Delhi, India. The C-5M, from the 60th Air Mobility Wing, carried oxygen cylinders with regulators, N95 masks, and rapid testing kits to Indira Gandhi International Airport.
The island nation of Mauritius, via its Ministry of Health and Wellness, handed over 200 oxygen concentrators in Mumbai.
On April 27, the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office or FCDO of the UK donated 20 ventilators, 100 CPAP, 20 bi-Pap machines and 95 oxygen concentrators, which were again handed over to the MoHFW for distribution to medical facilities.
As per the government sources, it takes at least 24 hours for all speedy customs clearance, which is happening on priority at all airports for aid and assistance supplies.
For the distribution of these resources, as a nodal ministry, the health ministry is coordinating with several ministries including the commerce (department of promotion of industry and internal trade or DPIIT), transport ministry and the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA).
Empowered Group-2, headed by the secretary DPIIT in the commerce ministry is to ensure the availability of medical resources, especially oxygen.
The EG-2 is keeping an account of the availability of oxygen based on each state’s needs and the prevailing situation. The DPIIT has set up a control room to coordinate the effort.
It is seen that US President Joe Biden and many of India’s partner nations and others, while announcing assistance to the country, have appreciated New Delhi’s support to them last year and said they are extending the help in return.