To help the African nations deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, India has dispatched medicines to that region.
“India’s medical diplomacy in times of COVID-19 across the world has earned it goodwill of the developed and developing world,” opines an expert. According to the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), more than 25 African countries are getting medicines included Hydroxychloroquine (HCQ), Paracetamol and other drugs which are required on an urgent basis to fight the pandemic.
In April, Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a telephonic conversation with South African President Cyril Ramaphosa had conveyed India’s “full support” to the African continent to deal with fighting the spread of COVID-19.
The South African leader is also heading the African Union – which is a continental body of 55 African nations. He has telephone calls with President of Uganda Yoweri Kaguta Museveni and Prime Minister of Ethiopia Abiy Ahmed.
Africa is a region where medical facilities are among the least developed one and beside Corona several other diseases like cholera, TB, Malaria, Ebola are widely prevalent. Subsequently External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar has been interacting with his counterparts in Africa, expressing India’s commitment to its traditional solidarity with the region and providing medical supplies, telemedicine services and deployment of top medical institutions in connecting with Africa through its existing telemedicine and other networks.