India is perhaps facing the biggest humanitarian challenge since the Independence because of the coronavirus pandemic and the Indian Navy will collectively rise to confront the adversity facing the nation, Navy Chief Admiral Karambir Singh said on Wednesday.
“This is an unprecedented situation for us. This is perhaps the biggest humanitarian challenge to the country to date since Independence. I think, possibly, there is no one among us, who doesn’t have someone in the family, or someone very close to us, who have not been COVID positive, or hospitalised, or worse still, succumbed to the disease,” the Navy Chief said.
He also praised the healthcare team and said, “I am proud of what has been achieved in the last few weeks, especially by our healthcare teams and our operational units. I look forward to continuing this effort and supporting our country in these difficult times.”
The Navy has been continuously supporting civil authorities in various states to deal with this contagious coronavirus, including setting up dedicated health facilities to treat people with COVID-19. The Navy has already launched a mega operation to bring liquid medical oxygen from several countries in the Persian Gulf and southeast Asia.