Amid COVID-19 pandemic, the Indian Defence Forces has swung into action to assist the government in fighting coronavirus. They have launched the operation CO-JEET to tackle COVID-19. A Medical Intensive Care Unit (MICU) has been installed onboard ALH Mk III from INAS 323 at INS Hansa by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL). With ALH Mk III, an all-weather aircraft, being equipped with MICU, the Indian Navy can now undertake medical evacuation of critical patients by air even in unfavourable weather conditions. COVID-19 Surge in India: Indian Navy Sets Up COVID Care Centre at Vishakhapatnam’s Bheemunipatnam.
The MICU has two sets of Defibrillators, Multipara Monitors, Ventilator, Oxygen Support as well as Infusion and Syringe Pumps. It also has a suction system to clear secretions in the mouth or airway of the patient. The system can be operated on aircraft power supply and also has a battery back up of four hours. The equipment can be installed in two-three hours to convert the aircraft into an air ambulance. This is the first of eight MICU sets to be delivered by HAL to Indian Navy.
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India is witnessing the second wave of COVID-19. Earlier this week, the Indian Navy provided on “Oxygen on Wheels” plant to Palasa COVID-19 Care Centre. The “Oxygen on Wheels” designed by Naval Dockyard, was formally inaugurated at the Palasa, COVID Care Centre by Seediri Appalaraju, Minister of Animal Husbandry and Dairy Development and Fisheries in the presence of Sub Collector Suraj Ganore and the Naval Team.
(With inputs from PIB)