Mizoram Chief Minister Zoramthanga on Friday thanked Taiwan and Ireland for providing aid to mitigate possible oxygen crisis as the COVID-19 scenario deteriorates in the state.
The hill state received consignments of oxygen concentrators and cylinders from Taiwan and 60 oxygen concentrators produced by the premium American company, Invacare, from Ireland.
Without mentioning the total number of consignments Mizoram has received, Mr Zoramthanga said, "#ThankYouTaiwan for your continued generosity providing us much-needed Oxygen Concentrators & Cylinders."
Statement from Matt Monaghan, chairman, president and CEO of Invacare:
“We are very focused on supporting the urgent need of customers globally, and recently, especially people in India. We have been thankful for the many private, government and charitable organizations that are reaching out to help in this effort. Our colleagues worldwide are engaged to support the best outcome.
The global logistics crisis with port delays, container shortages and more caused by the pandemic have been impacting our industry’s total oxygen concentrator output for a while. With the heightened need for oxygen coming from India, our team has doubled down on already great efforts, which have recently yielded improvements in supply chain.
Today, we are feeling more confident about our ability to increase output to deliver concentrators to fulfill long-standing commitments to existing customers who need to supply oxygen to ill patients locally, while also doing our part to help India.”
An oxygen concentrator reduces nitrogen from an air supply to produce an oxygen-enriched air supply to a patient.
Taiwan had on last Sunday (May 2) sent 150 oxygen concentrators and 500 oxygen cylinders to India through a China Airlines freighter.
"These oxygen concentrators & cylinders are love from Taiwan. More help for our friends in India is on the way. #IndiaStayStrong!" Taiwan Foreign Minister Joseph Wu tweeted.
Thanking Ireland, Zoramthanga tweeted, "Much needed Invacare 02 Concentrators (60 nos) from Ireland were airlifted from @IAF_MCC base in Jorhat to cater the needs of people from my state #Mizoram."