New Delhi: A special flight of Indian Air Force (IAF) comprising of crew, medical team and support staff today departed from Air Force Station, Palam, New Delhi to Wuhan, China. The C-17 Globemaster III airlifted approximately 15 tonnes of medical supplies as a goodwill gesture from the Government of India.
The same aircraft evacuated 112 persons from Wuhan. These include 76 Indian citizens and 36 nationals from countries such as Bangladesh, Myanmar, Maldives, China, South Africa, USA and Madagascar. According to the Union Health & Family Welfare Minister, Harsh Vardhan, the evacuees have reached India today and shall be housed at the ITBP facility at Chhawla.
Vardhan further stated, “Apart from expressing gratitude, I am extremely proud of the way multiple ministries, our armed forces, doctors, Air India, our embassies in China, and the many unseen who worked behind the scenes, made this happen. All have put India and Indians first. Salutations to the collaborative and dedicated efforts of all these agencies.”
The Health Minister highlighted that India volunteered and evacuated nationals from other countries also while undertaking the evacuation from Wuhan for the novel coronavirus epidemic.
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