COVID crisis: IAF airlifts 900 oxygen cylinders from Britain

May 04 2021 03:27 PM
COVID crisis: IAF airlifts 900 oxygen cylinders from Britain

Indian Air Force airlifted the first batch of 900 oxygen cylinders on Monday. The support was offered by the British Oxygen Company to India. The British Oxygen Company has offered more 5000 oxygen cylinders to India to help the country in its fight against second wave of COVID-19.

The High Commission of India, London said, “5000 Oxygen Cylinders contributed free of cost by British Oxygen Company. 1st batch of 900 cylinders airlifted by Indian Air Force @IAF_MCC to India this morning. Thank you @boconline @RoyalAirForce & SERCO for local logistics support. @MEAIndia @DrSJaishankar,” writing a tweet on his official handle. Earlier on Sunday the United Kingdom had announced that it will be sending additional thousand ventilators from the UK`s surplus supply to Indian hospitals. The country official said that as part of its commitment to support India`s fight against the second wave of coronavirus they will send the essentials. UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, is holding talks today with his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi in a virtual summit. UK PM seeing the prevailing situation said that India`s fight against increasing coronavirus cases will be reinforced by the new UK government. It also made the announcement of additional ventilators in addition to 200 ventilators, 495 oxygen concentrators and three oxygen generation units the UK sent to India last week. The IAF has been relentlessly working towards smooth shipping of oxygen containers and concentrators, working from the force base in Panagarh in West Bengal. As India is facing surging COVID cases and there is an unprecedented health crisis in the country, global help and support is made in the form of PPE kits, raw materials for the production of vaccines, oxygen concentrator, and oxygen container.

Additionally, the airlift of two containers from Hindan to Ranchi, two from Agra to Ranchi, one from Lucknow to Ranchi, and two from Chandigarh to Ranchi is in progress. The Air Force`s IL-76 has also been deployed for airlifting of equipment for two oxygen plants from Sulur, Coimbatore to Palam.

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