Kuwait has shipped 215 tonnes of liquid oxygen on four ships to India, which are scheduled to arrive on Saturday, and is prepared to supply up to 1,400 tonnes over the next three weeks to help fix a severe shortage across the region.
The Indian Navy has deployed nine warships to transport liquid oxygen tanks, concentrators, and medical supplies from various countries, three of which are carrying oxygen in from Kuwait.
“The three Indian Navy warships and a large commercial vessel are bringing in a total of 215 tonnes of medical liquid oxygen. They are set to begin arriving in ports in Mumbai and Gujarat from Saturday but this will not be the only shipment. The sea bridge that has been established will continue and the Indian Navy ships will go back to be refilled. Kuwait will provide 1,400 tonnes of oxygen in three weeks,” Kuwaiti ambassador Jasem Ibrahem Al Najem said.
Over the last week, India has reported more than 350,000 coronavirus infections per day, straining resources at healthcare facilities in many cities. Liquid oxygen and oxygen generation plants have been listed as the target of efforts to source equipment and supplies from abroad by the ministry of external affairs.