Oxygen Express Continues Across Lakshadweep and Kochi
Sustaining its efforts in the fight against COVID, Indian Navy is continuing with its mission of “Oxygen Express” in order to render support to the administration of the Union Territory of Lakshadweep. 41 Oxygen cylinders (collected from the islands) were refilled and embarked onboard IN hired vessel, Meghna in Kochi for onward delivery to the Lakshadweep and Minicoy Islands.
The operations are being progressed under the supervision of the Naval Officer-in-Charge at Lakshadweep under the aegis of Headquarters Southern Naval Command in coordination with the UTL Administration.
The vessel is expected to reach the islands by 28/ 29 April 2021 and would again carry back empty Oxygen cylinders on its return voyage. This is in pursuant to the Govt of India and the Indian Navy's efforts to provide sustained supply of Oxygen to the islands. Earlier, INS Sharda, had undertaken transfer of essential medical supplies to the various islands of UTL, including Oxygen cylinders, RADT kits, PPE, masks and other items to fight the COVID 19 pandemic.
In addition, the Southern Naval Command has also started Battle Field Nursing Assistant (BFNA) training for preparing non-medical personnel to assist the medical staff in case the cases surge overwhelmly. 80 personnel are being trained every week to meet the urgent requirements of the Navy and civil administration.