Indian Navy ships under Headquarters, Southern Naval Command at Kochi provides various support to the Union Territory of Lakshadweep (UTL) under the Railways’ ‘Oxygen Express Program.
INS Sharda, based in Kochi, on Sunday, facilitated the transfer of 35 Oxygen cylinders, Rapid Antigen Detection Test (RADT) kits, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), masks and other items to its capital Kavaratti. The ship then proceeded to Minicoy Islands to deploy the same.
INS Dweeprakshak at Kavaratti helped in the overall coordination of the process. 41 empty Oxygen cylinders from the islands have been sent via Indian Navy hired vessel, Meghna.
The vessels moved to Kochi for refilling which will be sent back to the island soon. Naval Officer-in-Charge at Lakshadweep in coordination with the UTL Administration is supervising the operation.
Additionally, a Naval contingent comprising one doctor, two Medical Assistants and one additional sailor have been deputed to Kadmat from SNC, Kochi as well as from INS Dweeprakshak, Kavaratti.
Ten beds equipped with ICU facilities have been reserved for patients from Lakshadweep at INHS Sanjivani, Kochi to aid the bed shortage on the island. Naval Air Station INS Garuda has also been put on alert to help Naval airfield facilities for UTL helicopters carrying the patients.
Developed indigenously by the Naval Aircraft Yard, Kochi, Air Evacuation Pods are being readied to airlift patients during an emergency from the island.