As Covid-19 cases continued to increase by triple digits for the third day in a row, the state government reached out to the Armed Forces on Friday and sought assistance in tackling the Covid-19 pandemic. Chief minister Pramod Sawant and minister of state for defence Shripad Naik met senior officials of the Indian Army, Indian Navy and the Indian Coast Guard to discuss the modalities of such assistance.
Flag officer commanding Goa area (FOGA), Rear Admiral Philipose G Pynumootil, commandant, 2 STC, Brigadier Sanjay Rawal, and deputy inspector general (DIG), Indian Coast Guard, Himanshu Nautiyal were present at the meeting.
Naik said that the armed forces would be roped in only if the state’s infrastructure is saturated and when the need arises. “They could help us with doctors. They have hospitals and if the need arises, some could be shared. They can organise blood donation or organise personnel to create awareness among people about Covid-19. They are ready to give whatever they have to help the state,” said Naik.