The Indian authorities has put into place a “streamlined mechanism” for allocating support acquired from worldwide actors in its ongoing battle in opposition to a lethal second Covid-19 wave.
The well being ministry mentioned in a Tuesday assertion that almost 4 million objects from 24 totally different classes — together with medical gear, oxygen concentrators and ventilators — have been distributed throughout 86 healthcare services throughout the nation.
“The global community has extended a helping hand in supporting efforts of Government of India in this collective fight against the global Covid-19 pandemic,” the statement read.
“A streamlined and systematic mechanism for allocation of the support supplies received by India has been put into place, for effective distribution of the medical and other relief and support material,” it added.
The health ministry also said that in light of oxygen shortages in hospitals, customs are “working 24/7 to fast track and clear the goods on arrival and lead to expeditious clearance within hours,” noting that primary customs obligation and well being tax are being waived for items recognized within the battle in opposition to Covid-19.
All objects acquired as donations by way of the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) are being acquired by the Indian Red Cross Society, who in flip liaises with its customs agent, HLL Lifecare Limited (HLL), and the well being ministry, it mentioned.
Donations are being prioritized and distributed based on a state’s Covid-19 caseload and as per their necessities. Considerations are additionally going into whether or not or not a state is taken into account a regional medical hub, with donations additionally allotted to states with decrease assets, or areas which might be distant, it mentioned.
Countries together with Belgium, France, Germany, Russia, Thailand, the United Kingdom and the United States have despatched support provides to India.