CMA CGM Air Cargo, the air cargo division of the French shipping and logistics group, earlier this month delivered 28 tonnes of medical equipment worth more than Rs 17 crore to fight the resurgent Covid-19 pandemic in India.
This special cargo flight, which arrived in Delhi, was chartered free of charge by the CMA CGM Group, informed a French Embassy in India release. At the request of President Emmanuel Macron, France is deploying a massive solidarity mission to support India, with the goal of not only providing immediate medical relief but also boosting Indias strategic autonomy in healthcare, the release added.
This delivery included 8 world-class, high capacity oxygen generator plants manufactured by the French company Novair. These plants produce medical oxygen from ambient air to supply a hospitals oxygen system and/or fill cylinders with a flow rate of 20,000 litres per hour. Each plant can continuously supply a 250-bed Indian hospital non-stop for a dozen years.
In addition, the airfreight also included 28 ventilators and 200 electric syringe pushers to be distributed to several hospitals based on needs to enhance their ICU capacities, the release said.