Covid 19 Help civilians facilities of defence PSUs OFB told
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NEW DELHI: All well being amenities of 9 defence PSUs and the 41 factories underneath the Ordnance Factory Board have been requested to offer assist to civilians, even because the armed forces have cranked up their help to state governments in battling the Covid pandemic throughout the nation
“The armed forces and the defence ministry will depart no stone unturned in offering all doable help to the civil administrations,” mentioned defence minister Rajnath Singh, after a overview assembly on Saturday.
The IAF airlifted the primary lot of 4 empty cryogenic oxygen cylinders from Singapore on Saturday, whereas its C-17 Globemaster-III and IL-76 heavy-lift plane continued to move such giant tankers from their place of use within the nation to oxygen vegetation and filling stations to chop delays.
While the 4 cylinders from Singapore had been offloaded at Panagarh in West Bengal, C-17s transported two empty container vans for liquid oxygen from Pune to Jamnagar and one other from Jodhpur to Jamnagar
Airlift of loaded liquid oxygen tankers isn’t being carried out as a result of it may be doubtlessly hazardous if the plane instantly loses cabin strain at excessive altitude, as was earlier reported by TOI.
A Chinook heavy-lift helicopter additionally airlifted 850-kg load of medical gear for Covid testing from Jammu to Leh. Naval warships are additionally being saved on standby for any help in shifting oxygen tankers. INS Sharda, for example, has been deputed because the “oxygen express” to ferry cylinders to Lakshadweep and Minicoy islands.
DRDO chief Dr Satheesh Reddy mentioned the variety of beds on the Sadar Vallabhbhai Patel Covid facility in Delhi has been elevated from 250 to 500, whereas the 1,000-bed hospital at Ahmedabad is absolutely operational now.
“Similarly, the 450-bed hospital at Lucknow would become operational in the next five to six days. It will be run by the Armed Forces Medical Services (AFMS) in coordination with the UP government,” mentioned an official.
“As the AFMS has its resources stretched to the limit, services of local doctors and health professionals might be enlisted for the 750-bed hospital that is coming up at Varanasi,” he added.

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