Indian Air Force has been pressed into action to augment the government’s efforts to contain Covid-19 in the country.
IAF has now started airlifting oxygen containers, cylinders, essential medicine, equipment and medical personnel to assist the government in combating the pandemic.
The Air Force also airlifted doctors and nursing staff from Kochi, Mumbai, Vizag, and Bengaluru for the establishment of a DRDO Covid-19 makeshift hospital in Delhi.
The IAF has also airlifted DRDO oxygen containers from Bangalore for Covid centres in Delhi.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh had directed all defence establishments on Tuesday to ramp up efforts and assist civil authorities in extending all possible assistance to people across the country.
The defence minister attended a video conference with top ministry officials, including service chiefs and Chief of Defence Staff Bipin Rawat.
A roadmap to assist state governments was drawn during this meeting.
Defence Minister also suggested that retired military doctors and nursing staff be enlisted for assistance if they volunteer.