Pakistan’s Edhi Foundation offers ambulances to Covid-battered India

Pakistan’s renowned philanthropic organisation Edhi Foundation on Friday offered 50 ambulances to India which is grappling with a fast worsening Covid 19 pandemic, Dawn reported

Apr 23, 2021
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Pakistan’s renowned philanthropic organisation Edhi Foundation on Friday offered 50 ambulances to India which is grappling with a fast worsening Covid 19 pandemic, Dawn reported.

Edhi Foundation chairman Faisal Edhi, son of renowned philanthropist Abdul Sattar Edhi, made the offer in a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

In the missive, he expressed concern on the Covid-19 crisis in India.

"We are very sorry to hear about the exceptionally heavy impact that the pandemic has had on your country, where a tremendous number of people are suffering immensely," Dawn reported, quoting Faisal’s letter.

Faisal personally offered to lead and manage the humanitarian team with a "fleet of 50 ambulances along with our services to assist you in addressing, and further circumventing, the current health conditions".

The team would consist of emergency medical technicians, office staff, drivers, and support staff.

Faisal sought permission to enter India, and said his team would leave for India immediately after receiving the nod from the Indian government.

The coronavirus infection has claimed 187,000 lives and affected 16.3 million people in the country of over 1.3 billion people since the outbreak started last year. With the situation turning grim, 2,263 people perished and nearly 333 thousand fresh cases were recorded only on Thursday, with complaints of oxygen, medicine and hospital bed shortage reported from a number of states.

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