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IAF brings oxygen containers from Singapore, Navy on standby

With the Covid-19 state of affairs throughout the nation worsening, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh held a evaluate assembly with the armed forces, the Defence Analysis and Improvement Organisation (DRDO) and senior officers of the ministry on Saturday and “directed them to increase all doable help to the civil administration”.

The assembly — Singh’s second this week — passed off even because the Indian Air Pressure (IAF) has been roped in to move crucial medical gear throughout the nation and bringing oxygen containers from Singapore. The Navy has been saved on standby, and the opposite forces are creating new amenities in numerous districts for Covid-19 sufferers, the ministry acknowledged.

In a press release, the Defence Ministry stated that Singh reviewed efforts of the ministry and the three forces in combatting the disaster. He “directed the armed forces and varied different institutions of the Ministry of Defence to increase all doable help to the civilian administration to tide over the current state of affairs”, the assertion stated.

Singh expressed “satisfaction” on help being supplied by the IAF in transferring oxygen tankers and vegetation from overseas and within the nation”, the ministry acknowledged. Singh was knowledgeable that “one C-17 IAF transport airplane left for Singapore” on Saturday morning and was to return within the night with “4 containers of cryogenic oxygen tanks”, it acknowledged.

The ministry assertion famous {that a} C-17 transported two empty container vehicles for liquid oxygen from Pune to Jamnagar, whereas one other transported two empty oxygen containers from Jodhpur to Jamnagar. A Chinook helicopter airlifted medical gear for Covid exams from Jammu to Leh, it acknowledged.

Navy ships have been placed on standby for any help in transferring oxygen tankers, the assertion talked about.

DRDO chief G Sathish Reddy briefed Singh on 250 beds being added to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Covid Hospital in Delhi, which was reopened earlier this week with 250 beds, making it a 500-bed facility. Reddy additionally stated that in Gujarat, the DRDO has accomplished organising a 1,000-bed hospital, and work to determine a Covid facility in Lucknow is underneath means. It can begin functioning within the subsequent few days, the ministry knowledgeable.

These hospitals could be run by the Armed Forces Medical Companies (AFMS) “in coordination and with help of native state governments,” the ministry acknowledged. For the reason that AFMS “has its sources stretched to the restrict, companies of native medical doctors and well being professionals is likely to be enlisted for the 750-bed hospital arising at Varanasi”, it acknowledged.

Apart from the Defence Minister, the others who attended Saturday’s assembly by video-conference are Chief of Defence Workers Common Bipin Rawat, Military Chief Common MM Naravane, Navy Chief Admiral Karambir Singh, Defence Secretary Ajay Kumar, Secretary Defence Manufacturing Raj Kumar, DRDO’s Reddy, Deputy Chief of Air Pressure Air Marshal Sandeep Singh and Director Common Armed Forces Medical Companies (AFMS) Surg Vice Admiral Rajat Datta.

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