The world’s largest cargo plane leaves the UK with 3 oxygen units for India | India News
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LONDON: The world’s largest cargo plane left Belfast in Northern Ireland on Friday with three oxygen generators and 1,000 fans as part of the UK’s latest response to the Covid-19 crisis in India, the British government saying.
The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO), which has funded the supplies, said airport staff worked overnight to load rescue equipment aboard the massive Antonov 124 jet, which is expected to land in Delhi in 0800 IST on Sunday. tomorrow after which the Indian Red Cross will help transfer them to hospitals. Each of the three oxygen-generating units, the size of 40-foot cargo containers, produces 500 liters of oxygen per minute, enough for 50 people to use it at a time.
“The UK is shipping surplus oxygen generators from Northern Ireland to India. This life-saving team will support the country’s hospitals as they care for vulnerable Covid patients, ”said the UK Foreign Secretary. Dominic raab.
“The UK and India are working together to tackle this pandemic. No one is safe until we are all safe, ”he said.
The latest set of supplies was announced earlier and follows 200 ventilators and 495 oxygen concentrators shipped from the UK to India last month, also funded by the FCDO. The assistance package has been purchased by the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) and the Northern Ireland health service offering is in addition to the 1000 ventilators offered by DHSC.
“The situation in India is heartbreaking and we stand by our friends as they face this immense challenge,” said UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock.
“As we fight this global pandemic together, the vital equipment we are providing, including ventilators and oxygen generators, will help save lives and support India’s healthcare system. Like one UK We will continue to do everything we can to help the Indian health authorities turn the tide of this terrible virus, ”he said.
Northern Ireland Health Minister Robin Swann was at Belfast International Airport to see the surplus oxygen generators supplied by his department loaded onto the giant cargo plane.
“The scenes coming out of India are a vivid reminder of the devastation this virus can cause and show no signs of abating,” Swann said.
“It is our moral duty to help and support where we can. The oxygen supply is under severe stress in the Indian healthcare system and the three oxygen generating units we ship today are capable of producing 500 liters of oxygen per minute. I sincerely hope that this team helps in some way to alleviate the pressure and pain that the country is currently experiencing, ”he said.
India is undergoing a devastating second wave of the coronavirus pandemic, resulting in a shortage of vital medical equipment and supplies. The UK is among several countries that have stepped in with offers of support from their surplus stocks during the crisis.