Amid a surge in Covid-19 cases and overburdening of the country’s health infrastructure, India received more medical supplies from the international community on Tuesday.
Kuwait delivered 282 oxygen cylinders, 60 oxygen concentrators, ventilators, and other medical supplies on Tuesday. The supplies reached Delhi by aircraft operated by Kuwait Air Force.
According to MEA Spokesperson Arindam Bagchi, a collaborative effort to fight the coronavirus pandemic is one of the most important areas of cooperation between Kuwait and India at the moment.
UK, UAE and Ireland
On Thursday morning, a consignment of 120 oxygen concentrators also arrived from the UK.
Additionally, a consignment of medical supplies including 157 ventilators and 480 BiPAP (bi-level positive airway pressure) machines arrived from the United Arab Emirates.
Taking forward our warm, close and multi-faceted relations. Thank our friend UAE for gift of 157 ventilators, 480 BiPAPs and other medical supplies. pic.twitter.com/Mua2Wfm9Fm
— Arindam Bagchi (@MEAIndia) April 29, 2021
According to officials, medical supplies from Ireland consisting of 700 oxygen concentrators, one oxygen generator and 365 ventilators were to arrive in India on Thursday night.
As per the Romanian embassy, an aircraft carrying 80 oxygen concentrators, 75 oxygen cylinders and 20 high flow oxygen therapy equipment was to arrive in Delhi on Thursday night. The aircraft had taken off from Bucharest on Wednesday afternoon.
“The medical field is one of the main domains of cooperation, with special relevance in moments of crisis like the one we are facing now,” said Romanian ambassador to India Daniela Sezonov Tane.
“Our solidarity manifested during this unprecedented critical moment for the Indian people represents another confirmation of Romania’s engagement in strengthening and extending our relation with India – a key partner for Romania and the European Union in the Indo-Pacific region,” she stated.
Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla at a media briefing said that three special flights from the US are expected to deliver medical supplies including oxygen-generating equipment and oxygen cylinders.
While two flights will arrive on Friday, the third one is expected to come on May 3.
Additionally, a release by the US Agency for International Development (USAID) stated that it is rapidly mobilising aid to save lives, stop the spread of Covid and meet the urgent health requirements of India.
“Today, the United States deployed the first of several emergency Covid-19 relief shipments to India. Arriving in New Delhi from Travis Air Force base on the world’s largest military aircraft, the shipment includes 440 oxygen cylinders and regulators, generously donated by the State of California,” the press release said.
“In addition, on this first flight, USAID will send 960,000 Rapid Diagnostic Tests to identify infections early to help prevent the community spread of Covid-19 and 100,000 N95 masks to protect India’s frontline healthcare heroes,” it said.
The agency said it is also procuring a thousand medical oxygen concentrators to be used in 320 primary healthcare facilities.
The USAID stated that it has provided more than $23 million in aid to India since the start of the pandemic, directly impacting about 10 million Indians.
With a devastating second wave of Covid-19 raging on in India, countries from across the globe have lent their support.
Some of the other countries which are sending medical supplies and assistance to India include France, Germany, Australia, Belgium, Luxembourg, Singapore, Portugal, Sweden, New Zealand, Kuwait and Mauritius.