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Fights against Corona: India provides medicines, other supplies to Myanmar

Nirendra Dev
New Delhi, May 5: Continuing its efforts in the global fight against COVID19, India on Monday, May 5 expressed its “solidarity” with the people and the Government of Myanmar and handed over medical equipment, medicines, and other supplies to the Ministry of Health and Sports at Yangon Airport to support Myanmar’s Healthcare System.
“The Government of India stands in solidarity with the people and the Government of Myanmar in the wake of the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic,” said a tweet from Indian embassy in Myanmar.
On behalf of the Government of India, envoy Saurabh Kumar handed over medical equipment, medicines, and other supplies to the Ministry of Health and Sports at Yangon Airport.
“These medical supplies are reflective of the united effort needed to combat this disease.
The contribution is indicative of the traditionally warm and friendly ties between India and Myanmar and would augment Myanmar’s determined efforts to fight the pandemic,” the embassy said.
Truly, Indian diplomacy has come a long way in recent years and more so in recent times under Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
During the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, Indian diplomacy has shown much pro-active stance and plunged into actions helping stranded Indians from Wuhan and also Tehran and other places.
There was quick reflex in action and meticulous planning.
That is why External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar visited Srinagar and met some of the parents of students who were in coronavirus affected Iran in March.
A suave and a career diplomat who has full confidence of the Prime Minister; Dr Jaishankar aptly summed up the situation calling it “an exceptional situation that requires an exceptional response”.
Myanmar on Monday reported that six more patients tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the total cases to 161.
An uniformed personnel in Myanmar also tested positive for the coronavirus. It was first such confirmed case in the ranks of armed forces in the country.
On April 30, during his tele talks with Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, State Counsellor of the Republic of the Union
of Myanmar, Prime Minister had assured all “possible support” by Government of India for Myanmar citizens present in India, and thanked the State Counsellor for the cooperation being extended by Myanmar authorities to Indian citizens in Myanmar.
“The leaders agreed to remain in touch and work together to address the present and future challenges posed by COVID-19,” an MEA statement has said.
Both the leaders had discussed the evolving COVID19 scenario in the domestic and regional contexts and updated each other on the steps being taken to control the spread of the pandemic.