NEW DELHI: The Centre has dispatched and delivered to various states and Union Territories 6,738 oxygen concentrators, 3,856 oxygen cylinders, 16 oxygen generation plants; 4,668 ventilators/Bi PAP, about 3 lakh Remdesivir vials received from foreign countries from April 27, 2021 to May 8.
The government has put in place a transparent mechanism to ensure relief material received from foreign countries are dispatched to institutions and hospitals across the country based on a set of standard operating procedures set by the health ministry. The focus is on states with high caseloads.
Niti Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant said several individuals such as India-Canadian billionaire Prem Vatsa, billionaire venture capitalist Vinod Khosla and others are routing their contributions through reputed NGOs which have FCRA licences for faster delivery to institutions and states.
Several agencies are working round-the-clock to ensure that relief material is not stored and is sent immediately to the needy states, government officials have said. Niti Aayog, which is working closely with the Indian Red Cross Society, is monitoring the movementof relief materials.
The healthy ministry is also monitoring the movement of the relief material. A dedicated coordination cell has been set up to coordinate the receipt and allocation of foreign grants, aid and donations.
To ensure transparency, it has also set up a website to enable donors to track the movement of the relief material right upto the end beneficiary.
Major items received on May 8 are from Canada, Thailand, Netherland, Austria, Czech Republic, Israel, USA, Japan, Malaysia, US (GILEAD), US (Salesforce) and Indian community in Thailand include oxygen concentrators (2,404), Remdesivir (25,000), Ventilators (218), testing kit (6,92,208).
“The Government of India has designed a systematic mechanism for effective allocation, and prompt distribution and delivery of the support supplies received by India. This will help to supplement the medical infrastructure of the tertiary care institutions and recipient states/UTs…,” a health ministry statement said on Sunday.