Pakistan’s Edhi Foundation – one of the world’s largest non-profit social welfare organization, has offered to provide 50 ambulances to India as the country is battling with deadly COVID-19 wave.
In a letter addressed to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Faisal Edhi – head of Edhi Foundation and son of late Abdul Sattar Edhi, has expressed solidarity in wake of deadly COVID-19 wave offering 50 ambulances to Indian government aimed at addressing replenishing healthcare resources and shortage of ambulances and oxygen in the country.
We at the Edhi Foundation have been closely following the current impact that the COVID-19 crisis has had on the people of India. We are very sorry to hear about the exceptionally heavy impact that the pandemic has had on your country, where a tremendous number people are suffering immensely, read the letter.
We would like to extend our help in the form of a fleet of 50 ambulances along with our services to assist you in addressing and further circumventing the current health conditions, said Faisal Edhi.
Faisal Edhi, head of Pakistan's biggest charity & private ambulance service Edhi Foundation offers help to Indian PM @narendramodi with a fleet of ambulances to cope with #COVID19 emergency in India. He asks to open border so the ambulances could reach India @Rezhasan @suhasinih pic.twitter.com/tEUS61GDtZ
— Mubashir Zaidi (@Xadeejournalist) April 23, 2021
Pakistan’s Edhi Foundation, founded by the late great Abdul Sattar Edhi, has done what most of the world’s richest governments have declined to do: Extend an offer of assistance to an Indian nation deeply in need. This is the example that must be set, and that the world must see.
— Michael Kugelman (@MichaelKugelman) April 23, 2021
Michael Kugelman – journalist and deputy director Asia Program, has lauded Edhi Foundation’s initiative to offer assistance to India in adverse circumstances.
Pakistan’s Edhi Foundation, founded by the late great Abdul Sattar Edhi, has done what most of the world’s richest governments have declined to do: Extend an offer of assistance to an Indian nation deeply in need. This is the example that must be set, and that the world must see, he said.
We wish to lend you our full support…. we only request your permission to enter India as well as any necessary guidance from the local administration and police department. We are willing and ready to deploy our team into any critical areas of concern at your direction without hesitation, he added.
Edhi Foundation has offered its emergency medical technicians, office staff, drivers and supporting staff.
Edhi Foundation of Pakistan has offered a fleet of 50 ambulances and services of its staff to India to manage the country's coronavirus situation. This is what a neighbor does – Surgical Service!
— Ashok Swain (@ashoswai) April 23, 2021
‘This is what a neighbor does – Surgical Service!’ said Ashok Swain – Professor of Peace and Conflict Research at Uppsala University.
The development comes as India is currently overwhelmed by prevailing deadly COVID-19 wave. The country reported new 332,730 COVID-19 cases along with a 2,263 casualties on Friday (today).
The country is facing acute shortage of oxygen as hospitals have been overburdened by unprecedented number of COVID-19 patients.
Indian government have been facing severe backlash over its failure to successfully tackle COVID-19 pandemic and prevent country’s healthcare system from being overwhelmed.
Corona can cause a fall in oxygen level but it’s #OxygenShortage & lack of ICU beds which is causing many deaths.
GOI, this is on you.
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) April 23, 2021
Corona can cause a fall in oxygen level but it’s oxygen shortage and lack of ICU beds which is causing many deaths, said INC leader Rahul Gandhi.
Oxygen Express trains with tankers are being scrambled as part of government’s bid to ensure timely and sufficient oxygen supply to various parts of the country.
The prevailing COVID-19 wave in India has resulted in long queues at cremation centers and lack of vacant beds at hospitals resulting in patients being left in cars, rikshaws, sidewalks, hospital corridors etc.