|IAF aircraft IL-76 airlifts two cryogenic oxygen containers from Jakarta, Indonesia|
An Indian Air Force (IAF) aircraft IL-76 on Saturday morning airlifted two cryogenic oxygen containers from Jakarta, Indonesia, and landed at Andhra Pradesh’s Visakhapatnam as India continues to handle shortage of life-saving gas, oxygen, to treat critical coronavirus patients in the country.
According to a press release, an IAF C17 is bringing two oxygen generators from Bordeaux, France to the Hindan Airbase.
Another C17 is bringing Zeolite (respiratory xxygen raw material) from Frankfurt, Germany to Mumbai, the press release said.
Other C17s are bringing eight cryogenic oxygen containers from Nagpur and Pune to Bhubaneswar and Jamnagar, six from Vijayawada to Bhubaneswar, four from Chandigarh to Ranchi, five from Agra and Lucknow to Jamnagar and Ranchi, and five from Gwalior to Ranchi.
IAF has also airlifted oxygen containers and relief materials from Singapore, Dubai, Bangkok, Frankfurt, and the United Kingdom. On May 4, 900 cylinders were brought in from the UK.
Looking at the number of growing coronavirus cases in the country, Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said on Friday that more than 9 (9,02,291) lakh Covid-19 patients in India are given oxygen support the country.