Russia sends oxygen concentrators, ventilators and 200,000 packs of medicines to India 🇷🇺
Russia has announced that it is sending over 22 tonnes of medical supplies including 20 oxygen production units, 75 ventilators, and 200,000 packs of medicines to India to deal with the COVID-19 second wave.
The Russian Foreign Ministry said that two transport planes carrying medical supplies are already en route to India. The flights of the Russian Emergencies Ministry will deliver over 22 tonnes of necessary equipment, such as 20 oxygen production units, 75 lung ventilators, 150 medical monitors and 200,000 packs of medicine.
“Russia sends oxygen concentrators, ventilators and 22 tonnes of medical supplies to India to help fight COVID19 and save lives. 2 transport planes are already en route,”‘ the ministry tweeted.
The announcement by the Russian foreign ministry was made after Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke over the phone. During the phone call, Putin announced the decision to send emergency humanitarian aid to India.
Prime Minister Modi thanked Putin for Russia’s help and support in India’s fight against Covid-19.
India is reeling under the impact of the second wave of coronavirus. The country on Wednesday reported over 3.60 lakh fresh COVID-19 cases and 3,293 related deaths in the last 24 hours.
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 parts of the country are reporting an acute shortage of essential medical supplies.
Several countries around the world have come forward to help India as it continues to struggle with the increase in its health infrastructure needs caused by the rising coronavirus cases.
On Tuesday, the World Health Organisation (WHO) had said that it has bolstered its COVID-19 response in India by redeploying 2,600 health experts from other programs to counter the recent daily spike in cases and deaths.
PM Modi thanks Biden over phone after US extends help 🇺🇸
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday thanked US President Joe Biden on held a telephonic conversation, a day after the United States announced that they will send the raw material required for the Indian manufacture of Covishield vaccine, in a bid to support India’s fight against COVID-19 pandemic.
France to provide oxygen generators, liquid O2, ventilators 🇫🇷
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. “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,” French Ambassador Emmanuel Lenain tweeted.
“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 further tweeted.
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 fulfil 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 instalment – 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.
On Sunday, the French presidency said Paris plans to help India with medical oxygen capacity in the coming days to help the country combat the record surge in COVID-19 cases. On Friday, French President Emmanuel Macron said that France stands ready to provide its support to India in its fight against COVID-19.
“I want to send a message of solidarity to the Indian people, facing a resurgence of COVID-19 cases. France is with you in this struggle, which spares no-one. We stand ready to provide our support,” French Ambassador Emmanuel Lenin tweeted Macron’s message on Friday.
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.
British national distributes food to medics, policemen, sex workers in Pune 🇬🇧
Aakanksha Sadekar, a British national, has been distributing food doctors, medical students, policemen and destitutes in Pune in the conditions created by COVID-19.
Sadekar, who has lived in Scotland, has also distributing food among sex workers. She has delivered tiffins to over 6,000 people till now. She is distributing food to medical students and doctors who are away from their families and are posted in Pune hospitals.
“One day I was scrolling on Twitter and saw a tweet by a doctor who had no food after coming home as he was away from family. So I thought for a moment and decided to start helping such people. The movement started with a doctor and now I distribute food among many such doctors and medical students,” Sadekar told ANI.
“While distributing food to policemen, I was informed that the red light area women are along with the most affected community due to restrictions. So we started distributing food there,” she added.
Sadekar has been joined by several volunteers from the city. (ANI)
WHO, UNICEF provide equipment, supplies to help India fight pandemic 🇺🇳
The United Nations on Wednesday said that UN bodies including the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF are supporting India’s response to the pandemic by providing equipment and supplies, including 7,000 oxygen concentrators and 500 nasal devices for oxygen supply.
“Our support to India during the current surge in COVID-19 cases. Our team there, led by Resident Coordinator Renata Lok Dessallien, is supporting the authorities’ response to the pandemic by providing equipment and supplies, including to local governments,” UN spokesperson said in a statement. “The World Health Organization and UNICEF are procuring equipment and supplies, including 7,000 oxygen concentrators and 500 nasal devices for oxygen supply, as well as oxygen generating plants, COVID-19 testing machines, and personal protective kits,” the statement read.
Some 2,600 WHO field officers have been immediately deployed to support health authorities to curb the spread of the pandemic, UN spokesperson said.
“In the western state of Maharashtra, the second most populous in India, UNICEF has engaged experts to work on risk governance. The UN team is also continuing its campaign highlighting the three Ws: Wear a mask, Wash your Hands, Watch your distance and stay six feet apart,” the UN added.
On Tuesday, WHO has also said that it has bolstered its COVID-19 response in India by redeploying 2,600 health experts from other programs to counter the recent daily spike in cases and deaths.
India reported over 3.60 lakh fresh COVID-19 cases and close to 3,300 related deaths in the last 24 hours. (ANI)