To fight the Covid-19 pandemic, the nation is doing all it can to extend support to its citizens. In a meeting held by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh last week, he asked the defence forces to take all the necessary actions which will help in providing help to the local administrations across the country. Indian Navy is progressing with the mission of OXYGEN EXPRESS to help the local administration of the Union Territory of Lakshadweep.
Indian Navy supplying essential to the Union Territory of Lakshadweep
Indian Navy ships under Headquarters, Southern Naval Command at Kochi are in the continuous process of helping the island territories. INS Sharda, based at Kochi, transferred essential medical supplies to the capital of Lakshadweep, Kavaratti.
The essential supply included 35 Oxygen cylinders to ensure the proper supply of oxygen in the Union Territory. The supplies also consisted of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), masks, Rapid Antigen Detection Test (RADT) kits, and other supplies to combat the deadly virus.
41 empty Oxygen cylinders from islands have been embarked onboard Meghna (Indian Navy hired vessel). The vessel will head back to Kochi for the refueling of the oxygen cylinders and will come back to Lakshadweep with filled cylinders. This will ensure the continuous supply of oxygen through the oxygen express by the Indian Navy.
Indian Navy strengthening connectivity for Lakshadweep
Ten beds have been reserved at INHS Sanjivani, Kochi for patients from Lakshadweep by HQSNC with ICU facilities. This will help in fighting the shortage of beds in the region. Along with this, Naval Air Station INS Garuda has been placed on alert to support Naval airfield facilities for Lakshadweep helicopters ferrying patients.
Air Evacuation Pods developed in-house by the Naval Aircraft to airlift COVID-19 patients are being made ready for the emergency requirement.
Help to the Island of Kadmat
To assist the civil administration at the island of Kadmat, a Naval contingent consisting of one doctor, two Medical Assistants, and one additional sailor reached Kadmat on Sunday with essential supplies. This will add to the administration in fighting the Covid-19 pandemic.