Donation of live saving medical supplies to Seychelles through a special Air India aircraft
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Donation of live saving medical supplies to Seychelles through a special Air India aircraft

High Commission of India
Seychelles
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15 April 2020

PRESS RELEASE

 

INDIA TO GIFT 4 TONNE CONSIGNMENT OF MEDICINES TO SEYCHELLES

 

Government of India will be gifting today (15 April 2020) the first consignment of 4 tonnes of essential lifesaving medicines to the Government of Seychelles, in view of the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. These medicines have been requested by the Government of Seychelles. The consignment will be brought to Seychelles by an Air India Special Charter flight from New Delhi. This is a special arrangement made in view of the special relations with Seychelles in order to enable the supply of these medicines despite the restrictions in place due to the lockdown. This is yet another manifestation of India’s unwavering commitment to stand with Seychelles, in rain, and in shine. Despite its own domestic challenges and constraints, India has always believed in sharing its resources and expertise with its friends and partners.

2. As part of this consignment, the Government of India has swiftly decided to send the supplies of Hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) to Seychelles. The anti-malarial drug is now used to treat COVID-19 patients with effective outcomes. It may be noted that Hydroxychloroquine tablets, exports of which are otherwise restricted, are being provided as a special exemption to Seychelles. Health authorities worldwide have recommended Hydroxychloroquine for COVID-19 patients with positive outcomes. Other medicines as part of the supplies include various life-saving medicines for COVID-19 complications which shall be a game-changer for the treatment of the Pandemic in Seychelles.

3. Health, being part of the foundation of the economic and social development of a country, it has always been one of the main focus of the Government of India in its Development Partnership Assistance to Seychelles. India had previously gifted lifesaving State-of-the-Art Medical Equipment worth USD 8.75 Million (SCR 150 Million) in February 2018 which is now distributed across all the Hospitals and Health Clinics in Mahé, Praslin and La Digue.

 

4. Some of India’s developmental assistance in the Health Care Sector includes the Health Information System (HIS) project and Super-Specialty Hospital Project, both of which are currently in progress. While the Information System project was already awarded to an Indian company in December 2019 and work has started on the software development, the Detailed Feasibility Report has been prepared under the Government of India’s assistance for the Super-Specialty Hospital, apart from the donation of 10 State-of-the-Art Ambulances in November 2018.

5. This is the level of commitment and unwavering support that India provides to closest maritime neighbor and best friend, Seychelles, and work untiringly towards capacity building and strengthening its health care infrastructure, especially during the testing times!