The Union Health Ministry has said that COVID-19 supplies received from the Global Community have been effectively allocated to States and Union Territories by the Centre. The Ministry said the Government of India has been receiving international donations of COVID-19 relief medical supplies and equipment since 27th of last month from different countries including the United Kingdom, Ireland, Romania, Russia, UAE, USA, Taiwan, Kuwait, France, Thailand, Germany, Uzbekistan, Belgium and Italy. It added that from 27th April to 4th of this month, 1764 Oxygen Concentrators, 1760 Oxygen Cylinders, seven Oxygen Generation Plants, 450 ventilators, over 1.35 lakh Remdesivir vials and 1.20 lakh Favipiravir strips were delivered.
The Health Ministry said, a streamlined and systematic mechanism for allocation of the support supplies received by India has been put into place by the centre for effective distribution of the medical and other relief and support material. Besides, a dedicated Coordination Cell has been created in the Ministry to coordinate the receipt and allocation of foreign COVID relief material as grants, aid and donations.
The Ministry said, all these relief medical supplies and equipment are being allocated in a timely manner to the 38 tertiary care institutions and 31 States, so far in the first tranche. This will help to supplement the medical infrastructure of these Institutions and strengthen their clinical management capacities for prompt and effective clinical management of the hospitalised COVID-19 patients. The cargo clearance and deliveries are facilitated without delay in coordination with agencies concerned.