India has received the first part of a shipment from an oxygen production plant from Germany, Indian Foreign Ministry spokesman Arindam Bagchi said in a tweet on Thursday.
“I am deeply grateful to our trusted partner, Germany, for providing a massive oxygen generating plant. Ability to generate up to 4 lakh [400,000] liters of O2 / day. Be shipped in 2 parts. Part 1 arrived today. Further increases our oxygen capacity, ”Bagchi said.
The official Twitter account of the German Luftwaffe, its air force, shared video and footage of the cargo, claiming it continued with its humanitarian relief mission in India.
“Another A400M is loaded with rescue equipment to support the fight against Covid. Great cooperation between the Luftwaffe, the medical service of the German Federal Armed Forces and the European Union, ”one tweet said.
Colonel Wolfgang Stern, Deputy Commodore of the German Air Force Transport Fleet 62, said in a camera interview on Wednesday: “Flights like these are never routine and especially in this case where we fly to India and carry cargo that has never been shipped before preparation and planning requires special attention. But especially if there are human lives at stake, we feel the special motivation of everyone involved that makes these flights so special. ”
“The equipment can produce 400,000 liters of gaseous oxygen per day under school conditions, which means providing 28 intensive care patients,” added Major Sascha Haugk, a logistics expert from the medical department in the distribution video. of the German army.
A little more context: As India’s Covid-19 crisis passed breaking point last month, dozens of countries pledged critical aid. Planes of ventilators, oxygen supplies and antiviral drugs began arriving last week, with photos showing massive packages being unloaded at New Delhi airport.
However, much of the cargo shipped was not immediately delivered as hospitals on the ground pleaded for more provisions. Medical workers and local officials still report the same devastating shortages that have strained the health care system for weeks now – raising questions, even among foreign donors, about where aid is going.
Indian Government Prime Minister Ashwini Kr. Choubey tweeted on Wednesday that “Covid-19 supplies received from the global community have effectively been allocated to States and UTs by the Indian government.”