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Covid-19: Rajnath calls on the armed forces to extend their help to civil administrations | India News

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NEW DELHI: As India reels under a massive spike in coronavirus cases, Defense Minister Rajnath Singh has called on the Army to extend assistance to state administrations to deal with the pandemic, including offering help in creating of additional capabilities to treat Covid-19 patients.
Sources from the security establishment said that following Singh’s communication to the army chief, General MM Naravane, it was decided that the army would consider offering treatment to civilians at its medical facilities, whenever possible, in addition to providing other assistance to administrations. civilians.
Singh has relayed to General MM Naravane that Army units in various states can contact state administrations to understand their requirements, such as building additional capabilities to deal with the growing volume of patients.
Subsequently, it was decided that the highest ranking Army officer in a state would contact the chief minister to understand the requirement and move the process forward, including offering to treat civilians whenever possible, they said.
The sources said the defense minister has contacted the top brass of his ministry and the three forces about how the civil administration across the country could be helped to combat the coronavirus situation.
The sources said that Indian Air Force and Navy leaders were also contacted to prepare their readiness to deal with the situation.
Separately, Defense Secretary Ajay Kumar reviewed possible areas where the armed forces can provide assistance to civil authorities.
Following its review, the Defense Ministry instructed 67 hospitals managed by Cantonment Boards across the country to guarantee medical services to cantonment residents as well as those from abroad.
The Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) has already been told to extend all possible assistance it can provide to civil administrations across the country.
The DRDO has already reopened a medical facility near Delhi airport for the treatment of Covid-19 patients. The facility has been put into operation with 250 beds and its number will be increased to 1,000.
The main organization is creating a similar facility in Lucknow.
India has witnessed a massive increase in coronavirus infections, as the country recorded more than two lakh of daily cases in the past five days.
In view of the rapid increase in infections, India faces a severe shortage of hospital beds, oxygen and essential medicines.

Times of India

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