New Delhi: France has offered medical help to India amid country's covid suffering and has announced to send medical equipment, ventilators, liquid oxygen containers and oxygen generators. French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday in a Facebook post in Hindi said the two countries will win the war against the pandemic together.
"Nobody is unaffected with the coronavirus pandemic. We know that India is going through a difficult phase. France and India have always remained united: we are doing all we can to help," Mr Macron's post read. He said each oxygen generator could make a hospital self-reliant for 10 years. "Our ministries and departments are working hard. French companies are coming together. Unity is at the centre of our nation. This spirit is behind the friendship between our countries. We will win together," he added.
Earlier today, the French government in a statement said that it was sending the medical supplies under its solidarity mission. Announcing that the shipment is being send via air as well as sea, the statement said that French companies have agreed to support India in this mission. France is sending eight oxygen generators, five containers of liquid oxygen and 28 ventilators in the first tranche of aid. "Each unit can uninterruptedly supply a 250-bed hospital. Its oxygen output can fulfil the needs of 15 critically ill COVID-19 patients in an ICU (or 30 patients in the ICU of a conventional hospital) or 150 patients on oxygen therapy in a conventional hospital facility. These oxygen generators also include ramps for filling oxygen cylinders," it said.
Meanwhile, India continues to report more than 3 lakh Covid cases for the sixth day in a row. The country logged a total of 3,23,144 Covid cases and 2,771 deaths in the last 24 hours, a decline trend from the Monday figure, according to the health ministry's data released on Tuesday.