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Qatar sends medical aid to India in support to fight the Covid-19 pandemic

16 May 2021

A medical aid shipment arrived at the Republic of India from the State of Qatar on Thursday on board Qatari Amiri Air Force aircraft to support India’s efforts to address the second wave of Covid-19 pandemic.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Qatar in its statement said that Qatari aid was received at the New Delhi Airport by the Director of gulf Division at the Ministry of External Affairs of the Republic of India, HE Avtar Sing, Acting Charge d’Affairs at the Embassy of State of Qatar to India, Ali bin Mohammed Al Badi and Second Secretary, Rashid bin Ali Al Marri.

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The Qatari aid to India included medical devices, therapeutic drugs, and various medical consumables, including the most important 4300 Remdesivir for injection, 200 oxygen ventilators and 40 ventilators.

The official spokesperson, Ministry of External Affairs of India, Arindam Bagchi thanked Amir HH Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani and Qatari government for sending aid to support India in fighting the pandemic.

Sharing the picture of arrival of aid materials, Arindam Bagchi said “Taking forward our deep-rooted friendship & multi-faceted cooperation. Grateful to HH Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani the Amire of the State of Qatar & the government of Qatar for the gift of 200 oxygen concentrators, 40 ventilators &  4300 Remdesivir vials.”

The Delhi Customs Zone, sharing the pictures of arrival of aid from Qatar, tweeted “Delhi Customs facilitated expeditious clearance of oxygen concentrators, ventilators & Remdesivir arriving from Qatar.”

The Delhi Customs Zone is run by the Central Board of Indirect Taxes & Customs, Ministry of Finance, Government of India.

Since the start of this month, Indian community in Qatar too had dispatched medical supplies like oxygen cylinders to India on a naval ship, when it came on a visit to Qatar.

The Indian Community Benevolent Forum (ICBF) had arranged the oxygen cylinders and other materials to help fight Covid-19 second wave in India. A total of 200 oxygen cylinders and 43 oxygen concentrators were shipped by INS Kolkata, an Indian Navy Vessel, to India.

Robin Vinod

Writer/blogger who writes on topics such as travel, real estate, employment and everyday life on GCC countries.

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