Hospitals in several states are struggling to cope with a huge surge in Covid cases and are also reeling under a shortage of medical oxygen. Centre has appealed to people to not panic and assured that India has enough stock of medical oxygen, but the issue is its transportation.
The Centre has also cleared the allocation of funds for installation of 551 dedicated Pressure Swing Adsorption (PSA) medical oxygen generation plants to be set up inside public health facilities across the country. The funds will come through PM Cares.
During this time of crisis, several countries have stepped in to help India fight its battle against Covid-19.
From oxygen concentrators to ventilators, many countries have offered assistance to India.
The US on Monday rolled out a series of supportive measures to help India’s titanic fight against the Covid-19 upsurge.
Today, I spoke with Prime Minister @narendramodi and pledged America’s full support to provide emergency assistance… https://t.co/ijdTPoNKct
— President Biden (@POTUS) 1619461178000
-US will be diverting raw material to the Serum Institute of India to manufacture vaccines.
-It will be sending oxygen-generating systems and the drug Remdesivir, even as President Biden pledged America’s full support to provide emergency assistance and resources to New Delhi.
-About 10 million vaccines will become available for foreign supply (since the US will not be using AstraZeneca) and a further 50 million vaccines will be available by June-July.
-Officials said the US was also deploying a CDC strike team to India to help the country’s efforts.
The United Kingdom government said it will send vital medical equipment to India to support the country’s fight against Covid-19.
-The UK government will send more than 600 pieces of vital medical equipment including ventilators and oxygen concentrators to India.
-Nine airline container loads of supplies, including 495 oxygen concentrators, 120 non-invasive ventilators and 20 manual ventilators, will be sent to India.
France announced a “solidarity mission” for India under which it will send medical supplies to support the country in its fight against Covid-19
-The French foreign ministry said the medical supplies will include eight oxygen generators, each capable of uninterrupted supply of oxygen for a 250-bed hospital for nearly 10 years.
-The ministry said five containers of liquid medical oxygen are being sent as part of the first instalment, adding they are capable of supplying medical oxygen to up to 10,000 patients for a day.
-France is also sending to India 28 ventilators and their consumables, as well as 200 electric syringe pumps.
-France will also be providing breathing machines and ICU gear.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Sunday her government was preparing emergency aid for India.
-Germany is sending a mobile oxygen production unit which will be made available for three months along with 120 ventilators and 80 million KN95 masks.
-A German defence ministry spokeswoman said the foreign ministry had asked the military to look into providing support to transport other emergency and relief goods to India.
– India’s Armed Forces Medical Services (AFMS) is importing 23 mobile oxygen generation plants from Germany.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced on Tuesday that his government will send assistance to India.
– It will be sending 500 ventilators to India.
– The Australian government will also be sending one million surgical masks, 500,000 P2 and N95 masks, 100,000 goggles, 100,000 pairs of gloves and 20,000 face shields to India.
World Health Organisation
WHO said on Tuesday it was stepping up efforts to help India amid Covid surge.
-The WHO was providing 4,000 oxygen concentrators, which only require an energy source.
-Mobile field hospitals are being set up and laboratory supplies provided for testing.
-More than 2,600 WHO experts already working in the country on other health programmes have been deployed to respond to the pandemic, the UN agency has said.
The EU is preparing rapid assistance for India and pooling resources to respond rapidly to India’s request for assistance via the EU civil protection mechanism.
– The EU said the first shipment of aid from the bloc’s member states to India would be delivered “over the coming days”, with more expected to follow.
-The initial assistance included 365 ventilators and 700 oxygen concentrators from Ireland, 120 ventilators from Sweden, 58 ventilators from Luxembourg, 80 oxygen concentrators from Romania, and thousands of doses of Remdesivir from Belgium and Portugal.
Meanwhile, Kuwait and Russia have also committed to send medical supplies. Some of the medical supplies are also coming through private channels from various countries. For example, Singapore is sending 500 BiPAPs, 250 oxygen concentrators, four Cryogenic oxygen containers and other medical supplies.
Saudi Arabia’s aid of 80 MT of liquid oxygen is enroute via the sea route, Hong Kong is sending 800 oxygen concentrators, while Thailand is sending four Cryogenic oxygen tanks. India will also get six Cryogenic oxygen containers from the UAE.
(With agency inputs)