New Delhi: Showing solidarity and goodwill towards India, the global community has put forth a helping hand aimed at supporting India’s efforts in the ongoing mass fight against the Covid-19 epidemic. On the other hand, the Government of India has also formulated a well-organized and well-planned mechanism for effective allocation and prompt delivery and supply of this aid material from abroad. This mechanism will enhance the medical sector infrastructure of tertiary care institutions and assisted states / UTs and strengthen their clinical management capacity for effective clinical management of Covid-19 patients admitted to hospitals.
The Government of India is receiving assistance from various countries/organizations of the world in the form of international grants and Covid-19 relief medical supplies and equipment. The government of India has been receiving this assistance continuously since 27 April 2021.
A total of 6738 oxygen concentrators, 3856 oxygen cylinders, 16 oxygen generation plants, 4668 ventilators / BI PAPs and about 3 lakh remdesivir injections have been received/dispatched from 27 April 2021 to 08 May 2021.
Received as major relief material from Indian community residing in Canada, Thailand, Netherlands, Austria, Czech Republic, Israel, USA, Japan, Malaysia, US (GILEAD), US (Salesforce) and Thailand on 8 May 4 2021 The goods include the following: –
Effective early allocation and systematic supply of this relief material to the receiving States / Union Territories and Institutions is going on regularly. The Ministry of Health is monitoring it extensively on a regular basis.
Dr. Randeep Guleria, Director, AIIMS, New Delhi, thanked all the countries sending relief materials and medical equipment like ventilators, oxygen cylinders, and oxygen concentrators from abroad to deal with the fast-growing cases of Covid.
Dr. Arvind Rajvanshi, Director, AIIMS, Rae Bareli, spoke about the Covid-19 equipment received under foreign aid to help patients at AIIMS Rae Bareli.
Dr. S. Kalyani, Medical Superintendent of AIIMS, Bibinagar, Telangana, thanked the Government of India as well as the State Government for promptly transporting foreign relief medical supplies to the hospital. The hospital has also received oxygen cylinders, BI PAP machines, and other Covid-19 equipment. He appealed to the people not to panic, and to follow Covid’s appropriate behavior.
Prof. Dr. Sarman Singh, Director, AIIMS, Bhopal, thanked the donating agencies and those who were helping out from abroad. AIIMS Bhopal has so far received 80 BI PAP ventilators, 80 trolleys, 100 oxygen concentrators, 1 lakh masks and 5000 surgical gowns from foreign relief materials allotted by the Government of India.
Prof. AIIMS, Patna CM Singh explained how the relief material received from abroad will be helpful for his hospital in the ongoing war against the Covid-19 epidemic.
Dr. Nitin Nagerkar of AIIMS, Raipur says that the hospital has received 50 oxygen concentrators and 64 jumbo oxygen cylinders, and the hospital has started using them for patients with immediate effect.
A dedicated coordination cell has been set up in the Union Ministry of Health to coordinate the receipt and allocation of Covid relief materials from abroad in the form of grants, assistance and donations. This cell has started functioning on 26 April 2021. In this regard, a standard operating procedure has been formulated and implemented by the Ministry of Health from May 2, 2021.