Countries promise oxygen and medical assistance to India as crisis deepens

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A health worker repairs an oxygen cylinder for a patient with Covid-19 at a banquet hall converted into a quarantine center in New Delhi, India, on April 23. PA

A number of countries have pledged to send oxygen and other medical aid to India as the country battles the force of a devastating second wave of coronavirus, with hospitals in the capital report severe oxygen shortages.

For the past two weeks, medical facilities have run out of oxygen and intensive care beds, with patients left to die at home and outside hospitals while awaiting treatment.

On Tuesday, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said on Tuesday that the Delhi government was importing 18 oxygen tankers from Thailand, adding that they are expected to arrive on Wednesday.

“If these 18 tankers start arriving from tomorrow [Wednesday], the oxygen transport problem will be solved,” he said.

France has also pledged to help, saying it will start sending medical aid to India by the end of this week, according to a press release from the French foreign ministry on Monday.

Eight medical oxygen production units, each capable of making an Indian hospital oxygen self-sufficient for ten years, will be part of the shipment. Containers of liquefied oxygen and “specialized medical equipment”, in particular 28 respirators and their specific supplies, will also be part of the shipments, the press release said.

“In response to the needs expressed by the country’s authorities, this material is intended to respond to the emergency but also to significantly and sustainably strengthen the capacities of Indian hospitals to treat the sick and to fight against the pandemic”, indicated the ministry. French for Foreign Affairs.

France and India have always stood together in difficult times. This solidarity is at the heart of our strategic partnership and the friendship between the French and Indian peoples,” he said.

Kejriwal said on Tuesday that Delhi is “importing 21 ready-to-use oxygen plants from France” which “can be imported for immediate use”. They will play a role in “solving the oxygen crisis in these hospitals,” he said.

Ireland became one of the first to confirm “concrete support” for India on Monday, according to Foreign Minister Simon Coveney. The Irish Minister of Health has announced that Ireland will send 700 oxygen concentrators – which were originally purchased by the Irish Health Service as part of their pandemic planning.

Meanwhile, South Korea’s foreign ministry said it was seeking to help its citizens in dire need with medical oxygen concentrators on Tuesday, while also planning to send medical and Covid-19 supplies as test kits in the country.

Foreign Ministry spokesperson Choi Young-sam told a press briefing on Tuesday that the Foreign Ministry is communicating closely with the embassy and consulates in India to ensure the safety of South Korean citizens. Koreans.

A total of 20,201 cases and 380 deaths were recorded in Delhi on Monday evening, according to a bulletin released by the local health department.

The capital has reported more than 20,000 cases every day for the past ten days, with the total number of cases standing at 1,047,916, including 14,628 deaths.

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