In what many have described as a massive solidarity mission, France is deploying immediate medical relief to support India at the request of French President Emmanuel Macron. The mission will also make eight hospitals in India autonomous for more than a decade.
In the first phase of the mission, a special cargo flight will land in Delhi to deliver 28 tonnes of medical equipment worth more than Rs 17 crore.
8 world class, high capacity oxygen generator plants manufactured by the French company Novair will be part of the deliveries. These plants produce medical oxygen from ambient air to supply a hospital’s oxygen system and/or fill cylinders.
In a tweet on Saturday, France’s Ambassador to India, Emmanuel Lenain said, “#FranceStandsWithIndia, just as India has always stood by France.”
France’s Secretary of State in-charge of Tourism, Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne also took to Twitter to thank French companies that came forward to assist India in this time of crisis.
Earlier this week, the French Foreign Ministry issued a statement saying, “Coordinated by the ministry’s Crisis and Support Centre and carried out by the Embassy of France in India, the mission will involve shipping by air and sea freight by the end of this week.”
A number of European countries, including Germany and France, have come forward to extend support to India as a second wave of Covid infections wreaks havoc in parts of the country.