On Tuesday, the Central government stated that it has effectively allocated COVID-19 supplies to all the states and union territories in the country received from the global community also enlisted each and every medical institution that has been benefited from the supplies.
While in some news stories government of India was alleged that the first consignment of Covid-19 assistance from global community arrived in India on April 25, 2021 but the Centre took seven days for the framing of Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) to distribute these Covid-19 medical supplies. This misinformation circulated is totally misleading as the Centre data confirmed that 24 different categories of items of nearly 40 lakhs have been distributed to 86 institutions across states.
The Health Ministry issued the Standard Operating Procedure on 2nd May, 2021 for the allocation and distribution to the States and UTs through the Central and other Health Institutions that started immediately once the global community started to support the Central government in efforts for fighting the global pandemic.
The government said that the global community has provided medical equipment, medicines, oxygen concentrators, ventilators to India.
It further stated that for effective distribution of the medical and other relief which India has received would be allocated in a proper mechanism. Countries like the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, UAE, France, Thailand, Taiwan have extended their support to India in its fight against the second COVID-19 wave.
GOI is working 24 hours to fast track the supply and clear the goods on arrival. The inter-ministerial cell for prompt and effective coordination was created that comprised of one Joint Secretary on deputation from Ministry of Education, two Addl. Secy level officers from MEA, Chief Commissioner Customs, Economic Advisor from Ministry of Civil Aviation, Technical Advisor Dte. GHS, Representatives from HLL, two Joint Secretaries from the Health Ministry and Secretary General along with other representatives from Indian Red Cross Society (IRCS).
The global countries have supplied equipment like BiPAP Machines, Oxygen (Oxygen Concentrators, Oxygen Cylinders, PSA Oxygen Plants, Pulse Oximeters), Drugs (Flaviparivir and Remdesivir), PPE (Coveralls, N-95 masks and gowns).