Germany, Lindner says, is preparing comprehensive support package to enable India to tide over ongoing Covid surge, which has been marked by reports of medical oxygen shortage.
The German armed forces are working around the clock to help India tackle the coronavirus crisis, Walter J. Lindner, the country’s ambassador to India, has said.
In an interview to ThePrint, Lindner added that Berlin is preparing a comprehensive support package to enable India to tide over the ongoing Covid surge, which has been marked by reports of medical oxygen shortage for patients.
It is not just the German government and armed forces, but also the country’s companies operating in India that are coming forward to help, he said.
“We are currently preparing a comprehensive support package in an inter-agency effort of German ministries, the German Army and other institutions. We are working relentlessly in cooperation with our Indian partners and friends to act quickly in support of the citizens of India,” he added.
The German Army, Lindner said, is currently preparing a large mobile oxygen plant that can provide oxygen to “hundreds of Covid patients in India”.
“We are in close contact with Indian government and Indian Red Cross to finalise details in order to greenlight deployment. Transport options will be cleared at the earliest… We should not underestimate the active endeavours German companies in India have already brought underway and will continue to do so,” he said. “We are working relentlessly in cooperation with our Indian partners and friends to act quickly in support of the citizens of India.”
Lindner said Covid has created a “very difficult situation” in India, adding that the “tragic scenes in front of hospitals, lack of oxygen show what this pandemic is capable of”.
“Germany is following with great sympathy and solidarity the evolving situation in India,” he said.
News source: theprint