Oxygen concentrators have been sent to India through two new emergency projects, which would potentially save hundreds of lives in the country, which has been critically stuck amidst a deadly second wave of COVID-19. The projects have been funded by ITF Seafarers’ Trust and are delivered via two Indian-based seafarers’ unions.
Oxygen Concentrators are being delivered to the families of the affected seafarers across India for free, by The National Union of Seafarers of India (NUSI). The initiative is part of a much bigger project, aimed to increase the number of ventilator beds in government hospitals across the country.
Supplies would be funded to the families of seafarers, who are struggling to keep up, during these unprecedented times, in a second grant, from the ITF Seafarers’ Trust. This initiative would be carried out by Forward Seamen’s Union of India (FSUI), who would be coordinating to provide logistical support and emergency supplies in the locked down ports. They would also be supporting the families who’ve lost their loved ones.
Indian seafarers are currently facing a huge crew-change crisis, due to the deadly second wave wrecking havoc in the country.