As India struggles against the fatal second wave of coronavirus disease (Covid-19) the armed forces have also stepped up their measures to manage the situation. The Indian Navy is opening up its naval hospitals for use of civilians in various cities, Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Karambir Singh informed Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday.
Admiral Singh also apprised the Prime Minister of other initiatives being undertaken by the Navy to better handle the devastating Covid-19 situation in the country as the massive leap in the number of infections has brought the healthcare infrastructure to its knees.
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To assist the country in such unprecedented times, the Navy has redeployed medical personnel at various locations to manage Covid duties, Admiral Singh briefed PM Modi. The Navy is also providing aid to increase oxygen availability in Lakshadweep as well as in the Andaman & Nicobar Islands, he added, according to a statement from the Prime Minister’s office.
The Navy is also transporting oxygen containers as well as other supplies from Bahrain, Qatar, Kuwait and Singapore to India, Singh briefed the Prime Minister. “Indian Navy has reached out to all state administrations and have offered help in terms of hospital beds, transportation and other such things,” Admiral Singh told PM Modi as per the statement.