The Indian Army has set up a Covid Management Cell to bring greater efficiency in coordinating real-time responses to address the exponential rise in Covid cases across the country. It helps in assistance to civil administration in the form of testing, admissions in military hospitals, and transportation of critical medical equipment.
About the Covid Management Cell:
- The Army has deployed additional doctors, including specialists, super specialists and paramedics, at various hospitals.
- The Defence Ministry has granted an extension to Short Service Commissioned doctors of the Armed Forces Medical Services till December 31, 2021, which has augmented the strength of AFMS by 238 more doctors.
- The army has also mobilised its resources to assist the civil administration to tide over the current Covid-19 situation in the country.
- Army has provided 100 beds each at Lucknow and Prayagrajto cater to the surge in cases.
- A total of 200 drivers have been kept on standby for driving oxygen transporters to various parts of the country and 10 TATRA and 15 ALS vehicles are on standby to tranship medical supplies arriving at Palam airport.