Hyderabad: City-based Greenko Group's first dedicated cargo plane landed in Hyderabad on 16 May with 200 large medical-grade oxygen concentrators with 10 liters per minute capacity to aid in India's fight against the deadly second wave of COVID-19.
Telangana minister of municipal administration and urban development, K.T Rama Rao, along with chief secretary Somesh Kumar received the flight on behalf of the state government. KTR said that their priority was to provide relief to patients and avert the oxygen crisis prudently and judiciously. Greenko co-founders Anil Chalamalasetty and Mahesh Kolli were also present at the airport for the maiden flight.
Mr. Chalamalasetty, MD and CEO of Greenko, told reporters, "This is the first of the five dedicated cargo planes we are bringing in through the strong global supply chains that we have set up in the last two weeks. Within the next five days, four more dedicated aircraft will land in Hyderabad, Bengaluru, and New Delhi with 1,000 such large medical-grade oxygen concentrators. This will aid our medical teams in tier 2 and tier 3 cities for pre-ICU support and post-ICU stabilization of patients and help combat the second wave of COVID-19 that has put a severe strain on our healthcare infrastructure and support systems."
The supply chains established by Greenko is capable of delivering more than 5,000 concentrators and cylinders continually, added Mr. Chalamalasetty.
In addition, 1,000 large oxygen cylinders of 50 liters capacity each are in transit from the Middle East to be delivered in the coming week to India, Greenko said. These systems will be deployed as stationary units in existing hospitals, healthcare units and mobile units to cater to the additional caseload of oxygen-deprived patients.