World chips in: French oxygen plant at Apollo, US oximeters in Safdarjung

White House’s Covid-19 testing kits in New Delhi’s Safdarjung Hospital; an Italian oxygen plant in the ITBP hospital in Greater Noida; a French oxygen plant at Indraprastha Apollo hospital in New Delhi; and Irish oxygen concentrators in PGI, Chandigarh.

Amid a rising Covid curve, as help pours in from the global community and as India departs from its 16-year-old policy of not accepting foreign aid, oxygen-related equipment and life-saving medicines from abroad have started reaching hospitals in Delhi and beyond.

At least 14 countries have already started sending their material in aircraft and ships, and they are being sent out, mostly to government hospitals.

According to sources, the supplies are being sent as per requirement spelt out by the Health Ministry.

From the US to Russia, Italy to Thailand, Germany to Ireland and France — countries have been sending oxygen concentrators, some have been building oxygen plants, some are sending ventilators, while others are sending rapid testing kits, and essential medicines.

Among the supplies that went out:

* Pulse oximeters from the US have gone to Safdarjung Hospital. About 7 lakh rapid detection kits from the US — the kind that is used by the White House — have gone to Safdarjung, AIIMS Jhajjar, ICMR and Lady Hardinge Medical College. One large oxygen plant from the US has arrived from California.

* 20 large oxygen concentrators, 75 lung ventilation equipment and 150 bedside monitors from Russia have…

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