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Armed forces helping admin in fight against COVID-19: Centre to HC

Armed forces helping admin in fight against COVID-19: Centre to HC
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Ahmedabad, May 10 (PTI) Indian Armed Forces have

stepped up their efforts to assist the civil administration

across the country in tackling the current COVID-19 situation

by deploying aircraft, warships and medical resources, the

Centre told the Gujarat High Court on Monday.

On the request of the Gujarat government seeking

higher allocation of medical oxygen, the Centre said as far as

the distribution of medical oxygen is concerned the Supreme

Court has set up a National Task Force for the same.

The Union government filed a reply before the division

bench of the high court Chief Justice Vikram Nath and Justice

Bhargav D Karia which is hearing a suo motu (on its own) PIL

on the COVID-19 situation in Gujarat.

The HC had directed the Union government to file a

reply on the status of the efforts undertaken by it to

mitigate the COVID-19 crisis.

On the supply of Remdesivir injections, the Centre

stated it released on May 7 an updated allocation plan, valid

for the period between April 21 and May 16, as per which

Gujarat gets 4.19 lakh vials.

Apprising the bench about efforts undertaken by the

Centre in tackling the COVID-19 surge, it said the Department

of Space, as well as the public sector oil and gas companies,

have also come forward to assist the government.

The Indian Navy has augmented manpower at Dhanvantri

COVID Care Hospital in Ahmedabad by adding 90 personnel,

taking the total number of personnel deployed by it at the

hospital to 169, the bench was told.

The Centre said all these personnel are "experienced

in their respective specialisations andwell versed with the

Covid care protocols".

Even the Ahmedabad-based Space Application Centre

(SAC) of ISRO has converted two liquid nitrogen tanks of about

1.65 lakhs litres into liquid oxygen tanks for storage and

supply in hospitals in Ahmedabad and nearby areas. The SAC is

also supplying face shields and PPE kits, it said.

The Indian Navy has stepped up its COVID relief

operation and deployed nine warships as part of ''Operation

Samudra Setu II'' from all three Naval Commands in Mumbai,

Visakhapatnam and Kochi for the shipment of Liquid Medical

Oxygen (LMO) and associated medical equipment from friendly

foreign countries in the Persian Gulf and South-East Asia, the

Centre said.

".....The Indian Army has deployed "considerable

medical resources" to assist civil authorities in Delhi,

Ahmedabad, Lucknow, Varanasi and Patna," it said.

The Centre further told the high court that as on May

7, C-17 aircraft of the Indian Air Force conducted 400 sorties

within the country, including 351 to airlift 252 oxygen

tankers of the total capacity of 4,904 Metric Tonnes (MT).

The cities covered included Jamnagar, Bhopal,

Chandigarh, Panagarh, Indore, Ranchi, Agra, Jodhpur, Begumpet,

Bhubaneswar, Pune, Surat, Raipur, Udaipur, Mumbai, Lucknow,

Nagpur, Gwalior, Vijayawada, Vadodara, Dimapur and Hindan, it

said.

The Centre said the IAF aircraft also conducted 59

international sorties to airlift 72 cryogenic oxygen storage

containers of the total 1,233 MT capacity along with 1,252

empty oxygen cylinders.

These containers and cylinders were procured from

Singapore, Dubai, Bangkok, UK, Germany, Belgium and Australia.

"In addition, the C-17 and IL-76 aircraft have been

tasked to airlift cryogenic oxygen containers, oxygen

generators and ventilators from Israel and Singapore," the

bench was told.

The Centre further said the public sector oil and gas

companies are setting up about 100 Pressure Swing Adsorption

(PSA) medical oxygen generation plants in public health

facilities in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Karnataka, Goa, Kerala,

Maharashtra, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Odisha, Madhya Pradesh and

Delhi, with the entire expenditure to be borne by these

companies from their CSR fund.

The Union Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilisers and

the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare had on May 7 made a

fresh plan for the allocation of 53 lakh vials of remdesivir

between April 21 and May 16, with Gujarat getting 4.19 lakh

vials, the fourth highest after Maharashtra (11.57 lakh),

Karnataka (5.75 lakh) and Uttar Pradesh (4.95 lakh).

The next hearing will be held on Tuesday. PTI KA PD

NSK NSK


Disclaimer :- This story has not been edited by Outlook staff and is auto-generated from news agency feeds. Source: PTI

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