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Apr 01, 2020

Rajnath Singh reviews Defence Ministry's efforts to fight COVID-19

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Defence Minister Rajnath Singh today reviewed his Ministry's efforts to fight COVID-19. Mr Singh directed all organisations to redouble efforts in assisting civilian authorities. He appreciated the efforts being made by various services, organisations and defence public sector undertakings in terms of evacuation, provision of health care in quarantine facilities. Chief of Defence Staff, General Bipin Rawat informed the Minister that separate hospitals have been identified to exclusively deal with COVID-19. General Rawat informed more than 9,000 hospital beds have been made available and over 1,000 evacuees are quarantined at facilities in Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Chennai, Manesar, Hindan and Mumbai.  

Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Karambir Singh informed that naval ships are on standby to extend any required assistance. He said, the Navy is also extending assistance as required by local civilian administration.

Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal R K S Bhadauria informed that the Air Force planes conducted several sorties within the country in the last five days to transport approximately 25 tonnes of medical supplies. He said, critical operational work is continuing while ensuring all necessary precautions.

Chief of Army Staff General M M Naravane informed that over 8,500 doctors and support staff are available to extend necessary assistance to civilian administration. DRDO Chairman Dr G Satheesh Reddy said that 50,000 litres of sanitizers made by Defense Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) labs were supplied to various security entities, including Delhi Police and another one lakh litres were supplied all over the country. Dr Reddy said, a five-layered nano technology face mask N99 are being made on war footing.   MoS Defence Shripad Naik, Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat, Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Karambir Singh, Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal R K S Bhadauria, Chief of Army Staff General M M Naravane, Defence Secretary Dr Ajay Kumar, heads of Defence Public Sector Undertakings (DPSUs) and other senior civil and military officials attended the meeting through video conferencing.

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