The seventh Oxygen Express carrying 186 tonnes of Liquid Medical Oxygen (LMO) arrived in Bangladesh on Wednesday night. The train had started from Rourkela, Chakradharpur Division of the South Eastern Railway on Tuesday morning reaching Benapole station around 9 on Wednesday night.
The first Oxygen Express was sent to Bangladesh from Tatanagar on July 24 to help the supply of oxygen for the treatment of COVID 19 patients in Bangladesh hospitals.
Till now a total of 1402 metric tonnes of LMO has been supplied to Bangladesh from India through the rail route. Apart from this, during the Eid holidays, India supplied more than 180 tonnes of medical oxygen to Bangladesh under special arrangements through the land route via Benapole.
The consignment will be decanted in Bangladesh and supplied to hospitals in the country to support it in the fight against the current covid wave. Earlier, in a press release the Ministry of Railways had said that India is committed to further sharing medical supplies, in tandem with the improvement in its own pandemic situation, with its closest partners in the neighborhood.
– Rajesh Jha/Dhaka