UK announces more than 600 pieces of essential health equipment that will be sent to India to support the country in its fight against COVID-19.
ventilators and oxygen concentrator devices due to leaving the UK today
support follows a request from India and the PM pledging that the UK does its best
The first package will arrive in Delhi early Tuesday morning, with more shipping later this week
More than 600 pieces of essential health equipment will be sent to India to support the country in its fight against COVID-19, the UK government has announced.
The aid package, sponsored by the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office, includes ventilators and oxygen concentrators from the remaining cell. It will be used by the Government of India to provide essential medicines to those affected by COVID-19 in India.
The Department of Health and Social Care has worked closely with the NHS, as well as UK suppliers and manufacturers to identify life-saving equipment that can be exported to India.
India this week reported a high number of new cases and daily deaths since the outbreak began and is facing severe oxygen shortages.
After talks with the Indian Government, the first shipment of equipment will depart from the UK today, arriving in New Delhi on Tuesday morning. Ongoing postings are expected to follow up later this week.
In total, nine aircraft containers will be shipped, including 495 oxygen concentrators, non-invasive ventilators, and 20 ventilators will be shipped to the country this week. These machines will be instrumental in helping save the lives of the most vulnerable people in India. Oxygen concentrators, for example, can release oxygen into the atmosphere to supply patients, remove stress from hospital oxygen structures and allow oxygen to be supplied in cases where oxygen supplies are depleted.
The UK is working with the Government of India to find more assistance in the coming days.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said:
We have been close to India as a friend and partner in a deep moment in the fight against COVID-19.
Important medical equipment, including hundreds of oxygen concentrators and ventilators, is now on its way from the UK to India to support efforts to prevent the tragic death of this deadly virus.
We will continue to work closely with the Indian government during this difficult time and I am determined to ensure that the UK does its utmost to support the international community in the fight against the global epidemic.
Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said:
We support our Indian friends with essential medical equipment during a difficult time for them in this epidemic.
We must all work together to address COVID-19. India is a very important partner for us, so we provide oxygen concentrators and ventilators to help save the lives of the most vulnerable. We will follow this initial launch with additional funding, in line with our ongoing negotiations with the Government of India.
Secretary of Health and Welfare Matt Hancock said:
Heartbreaking scenes in India also show how serious the disease is. We are determined to support the people of India during this very difficult time, and I am very grateful to those who worked hard to make this first delivery possible.
The first delivery of life-saving equipment will provide much-needed assistance and we are ready to do more. The global epidemic has challenged global health systems and the best way to overcome adversity is to unite and overcome this dreaded disease together.
This is a recent example of UK-India’s cooperation throughout the epidemic, for the benefit of both countries and the country.