Operation Sanjeevani: Nowadays, the world is fighting against the common enemy that is the COVID-19 virus. In this harsh time of the global pandemic, countries are helping each other. Likewise, India is continuing its tradition of helping another neighbouring country that is the Maldives and hence the Maldives becomes the first neighbouring country to get help from India to fight against COVID-19.
Operation Sanjeevani: IAF fight against COVID-19
Operation Sanjeevani is an operation conducted by Indian Air Force to supply medicines and essential food grains and edibles to its neighbouring country Maldives.
It was an 18 hours operation conducted by IAF where they supplied medicines in Hercules C 130J-30, an IAF aircraft. The medicines carried were the flu vaccines, antiviral drugs like lopinavir & ritonavir, and other things like catheters, nebulizers, urine bags, feeding tubes for the infants, etc. Lopinavir and ritonavir are been used by some countries for the treatment of COVID-19 patients. Apart from this, medication for cardiac conditions, kidney ailments, hypertension, high blood pressure, diabetes, arthritis, allergies, and cancer treatment, anticonvulsants have also been delivered as hospital consumables to the Maldives.
A total of 6.2 tonnes of essential medicines is supplied to the Maldives as assistance in the fight against COVID-19 under this operation. These medicines were first lifted by the Indian Army from the airports in New Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, and Madurai and then transported to the Maldives with the help of IAF aircraft.
Indian high commission at Male, Maldives said that it’s the first such assistance by India in the fight against COVID-19. Earlier, in the month of March, Army medical team of 14 members were sent to the Maldives to set a viral testing lab and presented 5.5 ton of essential medicines to the Maldives government and along with this India also provided essential food grains and edibles because the Maldives mostly depends on the import for such supplies from India. Recently, India had also evacuated 9 Maldives citizens from Wuhan City, the epicentre of COVID-19.
It is really a good gesture for India’s neighbouring country and by such actions, the relations between the country get even stronger. So now, we can conclude that India is fulfilling its Neighbourhood first policy and also the Maldives is keeping their words by proving Maldives’ India first policy.