COVID-19 crisis: India’s navy ships, medical teams on standby for neighbours
Posted on April 2nd, 2020

CourtesyDNA India

They are on standby for deployment in the Maldives, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan & Afghanistan if the situation worsens.

As part of its neighbourhood first policy, six Indian Navy ships are on standby for assistance to neighbouring countries over COVID-19 crisis. Along with navy ships, top sources told WION that five medical teams are on standby for deployment in the Maldives, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan & Afghanistan if the situation worsens. 

On March 30, India sent medical supplies to Nepal. Sources said that Dornier & Mi 17 were used to position medical load at Gorakhpur on Monday & the load was thereafter taken to Nepal by road.

In the month of March, Indian PM Modi had proposed a SAARC meet on the COVID-19 crisis via video conference in which all SAARC heads of state/govt participated barring the Pakistani PM Imran Khan who was represented at a junior level.

India had announced the formation of a coronavirus emergency fund with a contribution of $10 million in which all SAARC countries barring Pakistan has announced contribution.  Sri Lanka contributed $ 5 million, Bangladesh contributed $ 1.5 million, Nepal $ 1 million, Afghanistan $ 1 million, Maldives $ 200,000 and Bhutan $ 100,000 taking the total amount in the COVID-19 Emergency Fund to USD 18.3 million. New Delhi also said, that its rapid response team are at disposal of any SAARC Member country.

Since the SAARC leaders meeting, health officials of countries have had a video conference and commerce ministry officials will soon meet via the same format.

As an early responder, India evacuated several South Asian nationals stranded in Wuhan, which was once the epicentre of the COVID crisis. India got back 23 Bangladeshi, 9 Maldivian from Wuhan and 2 Sri Lankans and One Nepali from quarantined cruise ship Diamond Princess off the coast of Japan.

2 Responses to “COVID-19 crisis: India’s navy ships, medical teams on standby for neighbours”

  1. Hiranthe Says:

    Something good happening in the region rather than India interfering politically to its neighbours as in the past.

    Pakistan should join soon. They have the best leader for that in Imran Khan.

  2. aloy Says:

    Parippu is a scarce commodity now in SL. We saw the other day our head of Covid-19 management team giving a call (perhaps to his relatives). May be there will be a parippu airdrop soon.

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