Emergency medical aid is flowing to non-epidemic India around the world as the government seeks to refrain from criticizing the slow pace of supply to hospitals and states on an emergency basis.
The huge flow of oxygen generators, oxygen concentrators and cylinders, life-saving medicine vials and other medical equipment have marked the first time since the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami that India has received large-scale international humanitarian assistance, reflecting the scale of the crisis.
The official number of coronavirus cases in India rose to 20 million on Monday, as more than 350,000 new infections were detected. Although the number of daily cases dropped from a peak of more than 400,000 on Friday, the issue of testing also dropped significantly. India’s medical system, including the oxygen supply line, remains Under intense pressure From the perfect number of Covid-19 patients. Even officials involved in the distribution effort have been severely damaged by the virus.
Over the past week, relief planes from countries including the United Kingdom, United StatesEU member states, Taiwan and Uzbekistan have delivered more expected tons in the coming days from Israel and elsewhere.
However, anti-government politicians in Prime Minister Narendra Modi have come under fire for their slow pace of distribution and lack of clarity on where the relief is going.
Many strict states said they received no assistance and some said the supply of essential goods was still sitting in warehouses.
“We are making requests and demands to the government. . . Share it with every Indian: Where did this support come from and where is it going? Pawan Khera, spokesperson of the opposition Indian National Congress, said, “You have to take it to the people.”
In a statement on Tuesday, the central government said authorities were working 24 x 7 to “track and clear products on arrival”.
It lists 38 organizations across India that it says have already received the equipment. “Every effort is made to unpack, restore and ship these [goods] With the least possible turn-ever time, “he added.
Rudra Chowdhury, director of the Carnegie India think-tank, said relief efforts had been hampered by the high number of Kovid-19 cases among Indian officials.
He said the government should clarify where the emergency supplies did not go. “This is a very important issue for the confidence of donors, recipients and the public,” he said.
There is also India in the recent past Refusal to accept International relief, which it felt did not keep up with its own self-image as an emerging global power.
Modi has recently called on private groups to take steps to help deal with the crisis, but humanitarian organizations around the world say new restrictions imposed on NGO activities last year have hampered their ability to manage.
An amendment to the laws governing foreign charities makes it harder for Oxfam and Medicines Sans Frontieres to accept and use foreign grants for their grassroots partners in rural areas.
“A lot of regulations have been implemented in NGOs in the last year, it has really worked for people with disabilities,” said Amitabh Bihar, chief executive of Oxfam India.