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How the Ministry of Defence is fighting Covid-19


Armed Forces running six quarantine facilities at Mumbai, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Hindon, Manesar and Chennai. Total Evacuees received so far – Over 1500 (including Medical team and air crew)

One thousand seven hundred thirty seven persons quarantined, of which 402 released so far. Four positive COVID cases referred to Hospitals.

Total dedicated Army Hosp to Covid 19 Patients- 13

Total Covid-19 Bed Capacity with Army Hospitals -7500

Fifteen other facilities are being kept ready as standby for use, if required.

Dedicated COVID-19 facilities including High Dependency Units, Intensive Care Unit beds are being prepared in 51 hospitals of the Armed Forces across the country.

Five viral testing labs at Armed Forces hospitals made part of national grid. Six more hospitals are being equipped shortly with the resources to begin COVID-19 testing.


Two evacuation missions by C 17 aircraft, first on 26/27 Feb where 15 T medical assistance was taken to Wuhan and 112 Indians and citizens of friendly foreign countries were flown back. Second aircraft flew to Tehran on 10 March and flew back with 58 Indian citizens.

Two quarantine facilities are operational, first at AF Stn Hindon which is looking after 58 people ex Tehran and at AF Stn Tambram which is looking after 113 citizens ex Malaysia. Seven other quarantine facilities have been kept in a state of readiness in Bhatinda, Devlali, Dundigal, Chakeri, Agra, Gorakhpur and Bangalore. AF Hospital Jaisalmer is the reporting hospital for the Army quarantine facility at Jaisalmer.

Air Force Command Hospital Bangalore is carrying out COVID testing. AF aircraft are being used to fly back samples from Leh for COVID testing at Delhi and Chandigarh regularly. 3 doctors from PGI Chandigarh were also flown in to Leh by IAF aircraft.

Medical assistance to friendly foreign countries were airlifted on two occasions. On 30 Mar, 1 T medical load was positioned at Gorakhpur by Dornier aircraft and Mi 17 Helicopters and thereafter taken by road to Nepal. On 02 Apr, 6.2T medical load was flown to Male by C 130 ac.

Medical load is being regularly flown in support of State Governments as and when required. Load has been flown in to Leh, Srinagar, Prayagraj, Dibrugarh, Mohanbari, Bareilly, Agra, Guwahati, Port Blair etc in aid of the Govts of UP, Assam, Nagaland, Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Ladakh and Andaman and Nicobar islands. C 17, C130, An 32, Avro, Dornier and Mi 17 aircraft have been used for this purpose. Around 60 Tonne load has been airlifted for this purpose till date. Load for DRDO (fabric) was also airlifted to help them in making masks. 26 medium and heavy lift aircraft and 23 medium and heavy lift helicopters have been kept in readiness for any contingency.

IAF airlifted essential medical supplies and commodities from nodal points to Manipur, Nagaland and Gangtok in North Eastern region; and the Union Territories of J&K and Ladakh. In addition, An-32 aircraft, on 06 Apr 2020, airlifted personnel and 3500 kg of medical equipment of ICMR from Chennai to Bhubaneshwar for setting up of testing labs and facilities in Odisha.

Crisis Management Cells (CMC) have been set up at Air HQ, Command HQ and Stations for effective liaisoning and prompt response. Air HQ CMC is in constant touch with COVID Control Room at INCP Complex.

CMC is also coordinating for any assistance required by all IAF veterans.

All guidelines by DOH&FW and relevant WHO guidelines being strictly enforced pan IAF. All possible assistance is being provided to the civil administration by the local Stations. All Stations are also taking care of those in need of assistance in the immediate vicinity of AF Stations.


Quarantine Facilities (Wellness/Corona Care Centres) have been set up in all three Commands (Capacity of approx 1500 personnel).

Mumbai (Ghatkopar) already functioning with 44 Indians brought back from Iran. Vizag and Kochi are also ready when required.

In the process of setting up isolation facilities in all the commands including outlying units.

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