Defence

How Indian Armed Forces Are Helping The Nation Battle The Covid Pandemic

By Swarajyamag

Even as India takes on the second wave of Covid-19, the armed forces have plunged into action in different parts of the country to strengthen the battle against the pandemic. Here’s a look at how our army, navy and air force are pitching in to help the nation survive this global crisis.

Earlier this week, the Indian Army established an exclusive Covid management cell under a Director General rank officer. This cell will report directly to the Vice Chief of Army Staff and is tasked with enhancing efficiency in coordinating real time responses to the steep rise in Covid cases across the country.

The Indian Air Force (IAF) which has swung into action at the onset of the pandemic last year running numerous sorties to ferry medicines and other supplies as well as transporting Indians stranded abroad, has once again pressed its transport aircraft and helicopters into service.

While on the one hand they airlifted doctors and nursing staff from Kochi, Mumbai, Vizag and Bengaluru for hospitals in Delhi, in the last week of April, the C-17 and IL-76 aircraft of IAF airlifted big empty oxygen tankers from their place of use to the filling stations across the country to speed up the distribution of the much-needed oxygen.

In addition, they also have transported large quantities of load comprising bio safety cabinets and autoclave machines for setting up of an additional Covid test facility at Leh.

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