From Gasping for Breath to Now Helping Neighbours in Peril: Taking a Look at India's Oxygen Diplomacy

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From medical oxygen to oxygen concentrators, medical supplies and vaccines- India has been at the forefront in providing these medical supplies to countries struggling with Coronavirus.

During the second wave of Covid-19, India was hard hit during May-June and faced shortage of medical oxygen and other medical supplies. Many countries across the world came forward to help India in its time of need.

However, with nationwide vaccination and effective lockdowns, India has not only curbed the Covid-19 cases but it is also at the forefront in providing countries with medical and oxygen supplies.

Here is a list of countries that India is currently helping with medical and oxygen supplies:

Vietnam

India delivered 100 metric tonnes of liquid medical oxygen (LMO) and 300 oxygen concentrators to Vietnam to help the southeast Asian country battle Covid-19. INS Airavat, an indigenously built landing ship tank based in Visakhapatnam under India's Eastern Naval Command, was deployed to southeast Asia for trans-shipment of Covid-19 relief material.

Thailand

India is also helping Thailand to fight against Coronavirus and has provided the country will 300 oxygen concentrators to deal with the pandemic. Indian Naval Ship (INS) Airavat arrived in Thailand on Friday with a consignment of 300 oxygen concentrators sought by the Thai government to deal with the covid-19 pandemic. INS Airavat docked at Sattahip port with the oxygen concentrators, a statement from the Indian Navy said.

Sri Lanka

India has sent about 150 tonnes more oxygen to Sri Lanka to help the island nation combat the third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. Sri Lanka is witnessing a Covid spike and there is a mounting pressure on the healthcare system. During April-May last year, India had provided 26 tonnes of essential medical supplies to the neighboring country. India has also provided vaccine this year to Sri Lanka.

Bangladesh

India has provided two mobile medical oxygen plants to Bangladesh to support the country's fight against Coronavirus. The medical oxygen plants were manufactured by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO). Earlier, an "Oxygen Express" train with 200 MT liquid medical oxygen was sent to Bangladesh.

Indonesia

Indonesia, which was grappling under Covid-19, was provided 300 oxygen concentrators and 100 MT of liquid medical oxygen by India. When India was reeling under the severe second wave of the coronavirus pandemic in May, Indonesia had sent 1,400 oxygen concentrators to the country through the Indian Red Cross Society (IRCS).

The Indian government's vision of SAGAR (Security and Growth for All in the Region), the Indian Navy has been proactively engaging with countries in the region and has been at the forefront of numerous humanitarian missions spanning the entire extent of the Indian Ocean including South, South East Asia and East Africa.

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