Expatriates from the southern Indian state of Kerala have joined hands to support their country by providing oxygen cylinders and other medical items and services from Oman. The members are from the group named ‘Care for Kerala’ and hopes to send the first consignment by the weekend.
P M Jabir, head of Community Welfare Wing of Indian Social Club, said, “People from various walks of life are members of ‘Care for Kerala’. We are collecting essential, lifesaving equipment in the wake of COVID-19 as the various state governments or bodies appointed by the state governments are authorised to procure, collect or receive medical relief from individuals, corporate, associations and NGOs from overseas. This is a time when we all must come together to stand by one another.”
Jabir added that this initiative also comes in the wake of the exemption of import duties on medical equipment, medicines and medical supplies under exceptional circumstances due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
‘Care for Kerala’ is an initiative by the NRIs in the Gulf countries supported by Norka Roots to seek support from potential sponsors who would be able to contribute towards the mission.
The potential sponsors would be directed to genuine vendors identified by ‘Care for Kerala’, to supply medical equipment requested by the state government of Kerala, at the best price possible and lead time.
The official consignee on behalf of the Kerala government for receiving the medical relief material from overseas would be the Kerala Medical Services Corporation Limited which is a government of Kerala entity. The organisation will initiate steps to distribute the medical aid with hospitals or beneficiaries as per the requirements.