IAF aircraft C-130J airlifted the supplies to Maldivian Capital, Male as part of Operation “Sanjeevani” on Wednesday.
These medicines could not be transported directly to the Maldives from India by the suppliers through any other means as India is under a 21-day nation-wide lockdown to stall the spread of coronavirus pandemic, which has upended daily life, killing more 50,000 globally.
These supplies were procured from 8 different suppliers in India.
The Maldives is the first country in India’s neighbourhood to have received essential medicines since the lockdown commenced in India.
At the request of the government of Maldives, the IAF aircraft activated Operation Sanjeevani and lifted these medicines from airports in New Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Madurai before flying to the Maldives. The Indian Army facilitated the transport of these medicines and consumables from warehouses across India to the respective airports,” the IAF said in a statement.
Among other things, these medicines include influenza vaccines, anti-viral drugs such as Lopthavir arid Ritonavir — which have been used to treat patients with Covid-19 in other countries — medicines for cardiac conditions, kidney ailments, hypertension, high blood pressure, diabetes, arthritis, allergies and cancer treatment.
The medical items that were airlifted include catheters, nebulisers, urine bags and infant feeding tubes.
“India had also sent a 14-member Covid-19 Rapid Response Team of doctors and specialists enhanced preparedness. The team worked closely with health authorities in Male and outlying islands,” the High Commission said.
(With PTI inputs)