Taking forward its commitment to its motherland, India, the Federation of Indian Associations of the tristate area of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut (FIA-NY NJ CT) successfully dispatched the third consignment of medical supplies to India last week. That this happened just days before the country celebrated its 75th Independence Day made the occasion even more special.
The consignment is part of the donation by the City of New York to India as the country prepares for a likely third wave of the Covid-19 pandemic. The consignment, which was sent via air from New York to New Delhi, comprises 4452 Resmed Bipap machines and 6980 additional parts and consumables for these machines. This will help hospitals and healthcare institutes treat patients with breathing difficulty, one of the most common complications seen in Covid-19 patients. The consignment has been sent to the Foundation for Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship in India. ACT Grants will be managing the last mile distribution to local health care facilities such as Uttar Pradesh government’s healthcare system as well as to the charitable healthcare facilities across the nation free of cost.
FIA believes that these supplies will make an impact to needy communities across the nation and will help in the war against Covid-19. Health experts have warned of a likely third wave of the pandemic. We hope that our contributions can make a positive difference, however small, to the country and help it in the fight against Covid.
Ankur Vaidya, FIA chairman. India, we stand with you
In April-May this year, India had struggled with a disastrous second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic. At that time, the health infrastructure of the country had come under severe stress, one of the reasons being shortage of medical supplies. Several lives were lost because of this shortage.
In June this year, FIA facilitated the shipping of the first two consignments of medical cargo donated by the City of New York to India towards Covid relief. Around 400,000 pulse oximeters, ventilators, resuscitation bags, BiPAP machines, test kits, etc had been sent at that time.
In June this year, FIA facilitated the shipping of the first two consignments of medical cargo donated by the City of New York to India towards Covid relief. The cargo comprised 400,000 pulse oximeters, ventilators, resuscitation bags, BiPAP machines, test kits, etc. It was shipped from Keasbey, NJ to Navi Mumbai. Ventilators were sent via Air India. The supplies were donated by the City of New York, while the rest of the logistics related to the shipment were handled by FIA. General secretary and executive committee member of FIA-NY NJ CT Parveen Bansal led the logistical efforts.
On the occasion, FIA chairman Ankur Vaidya once again thanked the New York City, sponsors and the entire FIA team for their support. “India is celebrating the 75th year of its independence. By fighting for the freedom and dignity of their motherland, the freedom fighters fulfilled their duties towards India. Now, it’s the turn of current generations to do their bit. With these shipments, I would like to reiterate that our motherland is always in our thoughts,” said Vaidya.