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Armed forces helping admin in fight against COVID-19: Centre to HC

By Outlook

Indian Armed Forces have stepped up their efforts to assist the civil administration across the country in tackling the current COVID-19 situation by deploying aircraft, warships and medical resources, the Centre told the Gujarat High Court on Monday.

On the request of the Gujarat government seeking higher allocation of medical oxygen, the Centre said as far as the distribution of medical oxygen is concerned the Supreme Court has set up a National Task Force for the same.

The Union government filed a reply before the division bench of the high court Chief Justice Vikram Nath and Justice Bhargav D Karia which is hearing a suo motu (on its own) PIL on the COVID-19 situation in Gujarat.

The HC had directed the Union government to file a reply on the status of the efforts undertaken by it to mitigate the COVID-19 crisis.

On the supply of Remdesivir injections, the Centre stated it released on May 7 an updated allocation plan, valid for the period between April 21 and May 16, as per which Gujarat gets 4.19 lakh vials.

Apprising the bench about efforts undertaken by the Centre in tackling the COVID-19 surge, it said the Department of Space, as well as the public sector oil and gas companies, have also come forward to assist the government.

The Indian Navy has augmented manpower at Dhanvantri COVID Care Hospital in Ahmedabad by adding 90 personnel, taking the total number of personnel deployed by it at the hospital to 169, the bench was told.

The Centre said all these personnel are “experienced in their respective specialisations andwell versed with the Covid care protocols”.

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