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


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Second cargo from Ireland carrying 2 oxygen turbines, 548 oxygen concentrators, 365 ventilators and different medical gear 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 nations.  

An announcement issued by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare mentioned {that a} coordination cell was arrange on April 26 for the receipt and coordination of efficient allocation of overseas Covid reduction and assist materials. 

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

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“While the Standard Operating Procedure for allocations was issued by the Health Ministry on 2nd May, 2021, the work for receipt, allocation and distribution to the States and UTs through the Central and other Health Institutions started immediately as the global community started to support the Government of India efforts for fighting the global pandemic,” the assertion mentioned.

“The Coordination Cell under Addl. Secretary [Health] was created in the Health Ministry on 26th April 2021 and started work instantly. The inter-ministerial cell for prompt and effective coordination between various stakeholders comprises of one Joint Secretary on deputation from Ministry of Education, two Addl. Secy level officers from MEA, Chief Commissioner Customs, Economic Advisor from Ministry of Civil Aviation, Technical Advisor Dte. GHS, Representatives from HLL, two Joint Secretaries from the Health Ministry and Secretary General along with another representatives from Indian Red Cross Society (IRCS),” it added.

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

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.

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

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