New Delhi (NVI): Chief of Army Staff General MM Naravane today met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and apprised him about various initiatives taken by the Army to help in COVID management, Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) said.
“Chief of Army Staff General MM Naravane called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi today. They discussed various initiatives being taken by the Army to help in Covid management,” PMO said in a statement.
During the meeting, General MM Naravane informed Modi that medical staff of the Army is being made available to various state governments.
He also briefed the Prime Minister that Army is setting up temporary hospitals in various parts of the country.
The PMO stated, “General MM Naravane apprised the PM that Army is opening up its hospitals for civilans wherever possible. He also added that citizens can approach their nearest army hospitals.”
He informed the PM that the Army is helping with manpower for imported Oxygen tankers and vehicles where specialised skills are required to manage them.
Yesterday, the Indian Army informed that it converted its Base Hospital Delhi Cantonment (BHDC) into a Covid-19 hospital to provide “extensive” medical assistance due to the surge in cases.
In a tweet, the Indian Army said at the start of the second wave, the Base Hospital catered for 340 Covid-19 beds of which just 250 beds were oxygenated. It later expanded the capacity to 650 beds of which 450 will be oxygenated by April 30, Friday.
India has reported highest single-day spike with 3,79,257 new COVID-19 cases, taking the total number of cases to 1,83,76,524 in the country.
The country has reported 3,645 deaths in the last 24 hours which took the total toll to 2,04,832 while 2,69,507 people have been recovered in the same period.