In the first Covid 19 wave, Indians thought they tackled the situation better than the rest of the world but currently as we confront the second devastating Covid 19 wave there is anticipated that India may witness the highest deaths world over due to corona.
Now such that India wins over this lethal virus, foreign aid has been coming through from foreign nations, MNCs. Here we will discuss all about the countries which are lending a helping hand in such trying times. In what way is the help coming through in the country and even the customs clearance that is being eased to help save lives, when every minute is crucial.
Nations coming for help in fighting India’s Covid 19 second wave:
Nations facilitating foreign aid to India:
As per a TV report, 40 nations have come forward to help India in fighting the Covid 19 second wave which is seeing a daily toll of over 3000 people. And it is for the first time in 17 years the government has decided to take foreign aid. As per the Britannica, the international or foreign aid is the international transfer of capital, goods, or services from a country or international organization for the benefit of the recipient country or its population. Aid can be economic, military, or emergency humanitarian (e.g., aid given following natural disasters).
The emergency Covid-19 (medical) supplies have been received from countries including UK, Mauritius, Singapore, Russia, UAE, Ireland, Kuwait, Romania, USA, Thailand, Germany, Uzbekistan, France, Belgium and Italy among others.
Medical equipments supplied:
Amid the crisis which is unprecedented, these foreign nations have been sending oxygen cylinder, oxygen generator, cryogenic tanker, ventilator, medicines, BiPAP machines, pulse oximeters, PPE coveralls, N-95 masks, Flaviparivir and gowns. . Oxygen concentrators are being sent over by Mauritius, UK, Ireland, Thailand, Russia, Romania and Uzbekistan. It is being said that a total of 40 lakh different items have come to India as foreign help. On the other hand, ventilators are being supplied by United Kingdom (200), Germany (120), Russia (75), UAE (157), Germany (120) and Ireland (365), France (28), Italy (20) .
Drug Remdesivir that has also become short and is in high demand has been provided by US, Uzbekistan and Belgium.
Ministry overseeing all foreign aid offers
The ministry of External Affairs (MEA) is coordinating with all the missions overseas for all offer on foreign aid. And they have their own set of standard operating protocols that are applicable for all.
Agency in India receiving all the foreign aid
The foreign aid being resourced to fight the coronavirus situation is received by the Indian Red Cross Society (IRCS). And for the allocation of these relief material, a cell has been established under the Ministry of health and family welfare.
Then for finally reaching out to India, IRCS immediately issues the necessary certificate to HLL Lifecare Limited (HLL) that is the customs agent for IRCS, and is additionally the distribution manager for MoHFW. Primarily this aid then passes on to the central government run facilities.