Did Centre waste essential time in distribution of overseas Covid assist? Govt responds

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Second cargo from Eire carrying 2 oxygen turbines, 548 oxygen concentrators, 365 ventilators and different medical tools arrives at Delhi airport. 

The Centre on Tuesday rubbished a media report that claimed that essential time was wasted in allocation and distribution of Covid assist despatched by a number of overseas international locations.  

An announcement issued by the Ministry of Well being and Household Welfare mentioned coordination cell was arrange on April 26 for the receipt and coordination of efficient allocation of overseas Covid reduction and help materials. 

Referring to an article printed in an English information web site, the ministry mentioned that the story claiming that the Centre took seven days to border the Customary Working Process (SOP) of distributing these life-saving medical provides ‘misinterprets factual info and is completely deceptive’.

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“Whereas the Customary Working Process for allocations was issued by the Well being Ministry on 2nd Might, 2021, the work for receipt, allocation and distribution to the States and UTs by the Central and different Well being Establishments began instantly as the worldwide group began to help the Authorities of India efforts for preventing the worldwide pandemic,” the assertion mentioned.

“The Coordination Cell below Addl. Secretary [Health] was created within the Well being Ministry on 26th April 2021 and began work immediately. The inter-ministerial cell for immediate and efficient coordination between numerous stakeholders contains of 1 Joint Secretary on deputation from Ministry of Schooling, two Addl. Secy stage officers from MEA, Chief Commissioner Customs, Financial Advisor from Ministry of Civil Aviation, Technical Advisor Dte. GHS, Representatives from HLL, two Joint Secretaries from the Well being Ministry and Secretary Common together with one other representatives from Indian Pink Cross Society (IRCS),” it added.

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Earlier, the well being ministry mentioned that assist obtained from different international locations has been distributed in numerous states to assist cope with the rising variety of Covid-19 circumstances.

Primarily based on the standards and ideas laid out by the ministry, relying on every state’s requirement, 24 totally different classes of things numbering almost 40 lakhs have been distributed to 86 establishments in numerous states, the ministry mentioned in a press release.

Main classes of kit embrace BiPAP machines; oxygen (concentrators, cylinders, PSA Oxygen crops and pulse oximeters); medication (Favipiravir and Remdesivir); and PPE (coveralls, N-95 masks and robes).

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