In the fight against COVID-19, the much-awaited ventilators were handed to India to treat the coronavirus patients as promised by United States President Donald Trump.
The first lot of ventilators, which arrived on Monday, are high-technology equipment manufactured by Zoll US-based firm and are arriving from Chicago in the US.
A senior government official told ANI: “On Monday, about 100 ventilators are arriving from the United States as a donation. Ventilators would come to India by Air India flight. This is entirely managed by the India Red Cross Society.”
“Once the ventilators would arrive in India, there is a small inaugural function at IRCS after which these ventilators would be distributed to hospital for patient care,” said the official who is familiar with this matter.
Ventilators have emerged as a key medical device to treat critical coronavirus patients.
On May 16, US President Trump had tweeted: “I am proud to announce that the United States will donate ventilators to our friends in India. We stand with India and@narendramodi during this pandemic. We’re also cooperating on vaccine development. Together we will beat the invisible enemy!”
Thank you @POTUS @realDonaldTrump. This pandemic is being fought collectively by all of us. In such times, it’s a… https://t.co/X67cYw8PzW
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) 1589619352000
In response to Trump’s tweet, Prime Minister Narendra Modi thanked him in a tweet and highlighted the India-US relationship.
“In such times, it’s always important for nations to work together and do as much as possible to make our world healthier and free from Covid-19,” PM Modi said in a tweet.