Military ready with 9,000 beds, 8,500 documents and personnel
NEW DELHI: The military has kept more than 9,000 hospital beds ready to treat Covid-19 patients, along with more than 8,500 doctors and support personnel to extend necessary assistance to civil administrations, even when military aircraft They have transported around 25 tons of medical supplies. The country in the last three days.
After having supplied around 1.5 lakh liters of disinfectants to different organizations, the DRDO is now manufacturing war tech N99 five-layer N99 face masks and PPE (Personal Protective Equipment).
Taking stock of the efforts made by the Navy and the IAF, as well as the DRDO, Defense PSU, and the Artillery Factory Board in terms of evacuation, medical care, quarantine facilities, and production of medical equipment, the Minister of Defense Rajnath Singh asked them on Wednesday to redouble their work ”and coordinate closely with other ministries in the national effort to combat the outbreak.
DRDO chief Dr. G Satheesh Reddy said his organization had already manufactured 10,000 N99 masks and that its daily output would soon increase to 20,000. “DRDO has also supplied another 40,000 face masks to the Delhi Police. A DRDO laboratory has also arranged to make 20,000 PPE per day. We also made minor modifications to the ventilators so that one machine can support four patients at the same time, he said.
The Chief of Defense Staff, General Bipin Rawat, in turn, told the minister that 28 military hospitals, with more than 9,000 beds, have been assigned to deal exclusively with Covid-19 military and civilian patients.
More than 1,000 evacuees from countries like Italy, I ran and Malaysia are quarantined at military facilities in Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Chennai, Manesar, Hindon and Mumbai. Her quarantine period will end on April 7, she said.
The chief of the Navy, Admiral Karambir Singh, said the warships were on hold to extend assistance to civilian administrations. The IAF, meanwhile, has transported nearly 25 tons of essential medical supplies from Delhi, Surat and Chandigarh to Manipur, Nagaland, J&kandladakh.