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Covid-19: Help civilians, defense PSU facilities, OFB said | India News

NEW DELHI: All health facilities in nine defense power supply units and 41 factories under the Artillery Factory Board have been asked to provide aid to civilians, even as the armed forces have increased their assistance to the state governments to combat the Covid pandemic across the country.
“The armed forces and the defense ministry will leave no stone unturned to provide all possible assistance to civil administrations,” Defense Minister Rajnath Singh said after a review meeting on Saturday.
The IAF transported the first batch of four empty cryogenic oxygen cylinders from Singapore on Saturday, while its C-17 Globemaster-III and IL-76 heavy lift aircraft continued to transport such large tanks from their place of use in the country to plants. oxygen. and service stations to reduce delays.
While the four Singapore cylinders were unloaded at Panagarh in West Bengal, the C-17s transported two empty container trucks for liquid oxygen from Pune to Jamnagar and another from Jodhpur to Jamnagar.
Air transport of loaded liquid oxygen tanker trucks is not taking place because it can be potentially dangerous if the aircraft suddenly loses cabin pressure at high altitude, as previously reported by TOI.
A Chinook heavy lift helicopter also airlifted a load of 850 kg of medical equipment for Covid tests from Jammu to Leh. Naval warships are also on standby to receive assistance in moving oxygen tankers. INS Sharda, for example, has been designated as the “express oxygen” for transporting cylinders to the Lakshadweep and Minicoy islands.
DRDO chief Dr. Satheesh Reddy said that the number of beds at the Sadar Vallabhbhai Patel Covid facility in Delhi has increased from 250 to 500, while the 1,000-bed hospital in Ahmedabad is fully operational now.
“Similarly, the 450-bed hospital in Lucknow would start operating in the next five to six days. It will be administered by the Armed Forces Medical Services (AFMS) in coordination with the UP government, ”said an official.
“As the AFMS has its resources stretched to the limit, the services of local doctors and health professionals could be contracted for the 750-bed hospital that is coming up in Varanasi,” he added.

Times of India