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Naval hospitals opened for civilians: Navy chief to PM

By TIOL News Service

NEW DELHI, MAY 04, 2021: ALONG with transporting oxygen containers and other essentials, the Indian Navy has opened up its hospitals for civilians, Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Karambir Singh told Prime Minister Mr Narendra Modi on Monday during a review meeting on the Covid related initiatives undertaken by the force.

Mr Singh briefed the PM that the Indian Navy reached out to all State administrations and have offered help in terms of hospital beds, transportation and conduct of vaccination drives. Beds have been earmarked in various Naval hospitals for use of civilians.

To assist the country in such unprecedented times, the Navy’s medical personnel has been redeployed at various locations to manage Covid duties, Mr Singh said. Naval personnel are being provided battle field nursing assistant training for Covid duties.

The Navy is also helping increase oxygen availability and replenish Covid-related supplies in Lakshadweep as well as Andaman and Nicobar islands, he added.

He also said that the Indian Navy is transporting oxygen containers as well as other supplies from Bahrain, Qatar, Kuwait and Singapore to India. Seven Indian Navy ships have been deployed for shipment of Liquid Medical Oxygen (LMO)-filled cryogenic containers and associated medical equipment.