Lilaben Gautambhai Modi, 80, wearing an oxygen mask, sits inside an ambulance as she waits to enter a COVID-19 hospital for treatment, amid the spread of the disease in Ahmedabad, India, on 5 May. On 24 May, India's COVID-related deaths exceeded 300,000. (photo: CNS/Amit Dave, Reuters)
CNEWA is procuring emergency relief supplies in India in response to requests from local church partners there, announced Msgr. Peter I. Vaccari, president.
CNEWA’s regional director, M.L. Thomas, based in the southwestern city of Ernakulam, reports that supplies, which average about $16 per family, include:
Food kits to 16,114 families
3,400 kits filled with personal protective equipment
7,221 boxes containing soap, sanitizer, handwash, masks, gloves and face shields
Medicine kits for 1,250 families
45 disinfectant foggers
10 oxygen flowmeter and humidifier bottles
10 cots for patients
500 sets of bed linens.
The heads of local COVID-19 committees of the Syro-Malabar and Syro-Malankara Catholic churches are working with CNEWA in India in the procurement and distribution of the above items.