London: World’s largest cargo plane is carrying three 18-tonne Oxygen generation plants from the United Kingdom.The UK is sending three oxygen generation plants, each capable of producing 500 litres per minute. This will immensely help India overcome the severe shortage of oxygen in the middle of a devastating second wave of coronavirus infections.
Besides the oxygen generation plants from the UK, 1,000 ventilators will also be carried by an Antonov An-124 aircraft from Belfast on Friday.
These life-saving equipment is funded by the UK’s Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office.
The three oxygen generation plants, each of the size of 40-foot freight containers, produces 500 litres of oxygen per minute which is enough for 50 people to use at a time.
The Air-crafts are expected to reach India on Sunday morning, and they will be transferred by the Indian Red Cross Society for supply to hospitals.
Last month, UK had sent a package of 200 ventilators and 495 Oxygen concentrators to India.
“It follows discussions with India and a pledge from Prime Minister Boris Johnson for the UK to do all it can to help,” the UK foreign office said.
“The UK is sending surplus oxygen generators from Northern Ireland to India. This life-saving equipment will support the country’s hospitals as they care for vulnerable Covid-19 patients,” Foreign secretary Dominic Raab said. “The UK and India are working together to tackle this pandemic. No-one is safe until we are all safe,” he added.
The Japanese embassy also announced on Friday that 100 oxygen concentrators will be sent to India on May 8 as a part of the first batch of emergency assistance from Japan to help in the amid devastating second wave of the Covid-19 infections.
The Japanese government said, it will provide a total of 300 oxygen concentrators and 300 ventilators to India. “Japan will continue to extend further support promptly in order to contain the Covid-19 situation in India,” the embassy said.
In another development, on May 5, Japanese foreign minister Yoshihide Motegi told his Indian counterpart S Jaishankar that Japan is ready to provide a grant assistance of up to $50 million (about 5.5 billion yen) to India in addition to the other assistance.