Indian Air Force IAF pressed into service to combat COVID-19; oxygen and essential medicine cylinders transported by air

IAF pressed into service to combat COVID-19;  oxygen containers, cylinders, air-borne essential medicine

The IAF transport fleet supports the fight against COVID-19

Key Highlights

  • ‘The IAF transport fleet supports the fight against COVID-19’
  • ‘A medical personnel, critical equipment and medicines company has moved on for COVID-19 Hospitals and facilities nationwide’
  • Designing centers to import oxygen, equipment from friendly nations

New Delhi: The Indian Air Force (IAF) has been squeezed into service for transporting medical personnel, critical equipment and medicines to COVID-19 hospitals and facilities across the country.

India is facing a huge shortage of medical-grade oxygen and several hospitals across the country are in panic mode.

Taking to Twitter, the IAF said, “The IAF transport fleet is supporting the fight against Covid-19. An air lift of medical personnel, critical equipment and medicines is under way for Covid Hospitals and facilities nationwide. ”

Rajnath Singh had told the Armed Forces to be ready to provide any assistance needed

Singh held a virtual meeting to review the readiness of the Ministry of Defense and the Armed Forces to deal with the recent spike in COVID-19 cases nationwide.

During the meeting, Singh was briefed on the measures taken by AFMS, DRDO, Public Sector Defense Undertakings (DPSUs), the Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) and other Ministry of Defense departments such as the National Cadet Corps (NCC) at provide support. to the civil administration in this hour of crisis, ANI reported.

He further urged the DPSUs, OFB and DRDO to work on a war base to provide oxygen cylinders and extra beds to the civil administration and state governments at the earliest.

India intends to import oxygen, equipment from other nations

India is also planning on importing oxygen containers and equipment from abroad and the Center intends to press the IAF into air-lift oxygen containers and critical equipment and supplies from other nations.

Meanwhile, the Center announced Wednesday night that it is increasing oxygen quota in eight provinces, including Delhi, given the sharp rise in demand due to an exponential increase in the number of COVID hospital admissions.

India reported a record number of 2,95,041 new COVID-19 cases and 2,023 deaths on Tuesday.

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