KARACHI: Edhi Foundation has offered humanitarian assistance to India which is grappling a severe healthcare crisis from the coronavirus and diminishing oxygen supplies.
Faisal Edhi, Managing Trustee of Edhi Foundation, has written a letter to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Indian Ambassador in Pakistan, offering to send a humanitarian team and arrange all necessary supplies.
The letter states that the Edhi Foundation has been closely following the current impact of the COVID-19 crisis on the people of India.
“As a neigbouring friend, we sympathise with you greatly and during the strenuous time, we would like to extend our help in the form of 50 ambulances along with our services to assist you in addressing, and circumventing, the current health conditions.”
Faisal Edhi offered to lead and manage the humanitarian team from his organisation. He also offered to “arrange all the necessary supplies that our team needs to assist the people of India.”
He added that they are requesting all assistance and will handle the fuel, food and other necessary amenities for the team themselves. The team consists of emergency medical technicians, office staff, drivers and supporting staff.
The Edhi Foundation, however, requested permission to enter India for the humanitarian mission. It also requested guidance from local administration and police department. It expressed willingness to deploy its team into critical areas of concern without hesitation.
“We look forward to assisting you in the current humanitarian crisis, and hope only to provide our help in whatever way that we can, for the benefit of the people of India.”
Edhi Foundation Pakistan writes to Indian PM @narendramodi offering humanitarian assistance of 50 fully equipped ambulances along with staff as India’s health services capacity chokes due to rising COVID-19 cases.#IndiaNeedsOxygen #IndianLivesMatter pic.twitter.com/cdztmNODmd
— Usama Khilji (@UsamaKhilji) April 23, 2021