The Indian Air Force (IAF) has been pressed into service for transporting medical personnel, critical equipment and medicines to COVID-19 hospitals and facilities across the country.
According to Air Force officials, the IAF has also airlifted doctors and nursing staff from Kochi, Mumbai, Vizag, and Bengaluru for the establishment of a Defence Development Research Organisation (DRDO) Covid-19 makeshift hospital in Delhi. Taking to Twitter, the Indian Air Force wrote,” The IAF transport fleet is supporting the fight against Covid-19. Airlift of medical personnel, critical equipment and medicines is underway for Covid Hospitals and facilities across the country.” Meanwhile, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh directed all defence establishments on Tuesday to ramp up efforts and assist civil authorities in extending all possible assistance to people across the country. He further urged the DPSUs, OFB and DRDO to work on war footing to provide oxygen cylinders and extra beds to civil administration and state governments at the earliest.