12th May, 2021
The Ministry of Home Affairs said that the government is engaged in managing the situation in a big way to overcome the lack of oxygen in the country. The government is going to import 5,805 tonnes of oxygen from five countries. Of this, 3,440 tonnes will be imported from UAE, 1,505 tonnes from Kuwait, 600 tonnes from France, 200 tonnes from Singapore, and 60 tonnes from Bahrain. With this, the government is going to buy one lakh oxygen concentrators from PM Cares Fund.
Additional Secretary of the Ministry of Home Affairs, Piyush Goyal said that to ensure the supply of oxygen, the government is going to set up 1,619 oxygen plants. To increase supply, the government has converted 408 tankers carrying argon and nitrogen into oxygen tankers. So far 101 tankers have been imported, while 150 more tankers are to come. Along with this, 500 drivers have been trained to deliver tankers across the country.
9,200 oxygen concentrators sent to states
The Union Home Ministry said that 9,200 concentrators, 5,243 oxygen cylinders and 19 oxygen plants were sent to the states and union territories on Tuesday from material received as foreign aid. Much of the material found on Tuesday came from the UAE, Israel, the US and the Netherlands.
Two more navy ships arrived in India from Kuwait with oxygen
Two Indian Navy vessels arrived at New Mangaluru Port in Karnataka with oxygen from Kuwait on Tuesday. The Navy said that two ships INS Tabar and INS Kochi reached India with 100 tonnes of oxygen and 1,200 cylinders from Kuwait under the Samudra Setu II expedition.
Who did what, gave what
- Five million Favipiravar bullets from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) arrived in India on Tuesday.
- The drug maker AstraZeneca has announced to help India on humanitarian grounds $ 2.5 million (Rs 1.8 crore).
- The Sustainable Environment and Ecological Development Society (Seeds) has announced 1,000 oxygen concentrators, two thousand pulse oximeters and 20 oxygen generators for Delhi-NCR. Apart from this, there is also talk of giving face masks, PPE kits, 300 beds and other materials.
- Mishra has sent 30 tons of medical supplies. It consists of 300 oxygen cylinders, 50 oxygen concentrators, and 8 thousand vials of Remdesivir.