Foreign missions should not hoard oxygen and other essential supplies, the Ministry of External Affairs said on Sunday, as at least two of them turned to the opposition Congress for help amid the unprecedented coronavirus crisis in India that has crippled its healthcare system.
"The Chief of Protocol and Heads of Divisions are in continuous touch with all High Commissions, Embassies and MEA is responding to their medical demands, especially those related to Covid. This includes facilitating their hospital treatment. Given the pandemic situation, all are urged not to hoard essential supplies, including oxygen," the foreign ministry said.
The comment came in response to media queries following an SOS by the New Zealand High Commission in New Delhi to the youth wing of the Congress party for medical oxygen and a similar one from the Embassy of the Philippines a day ago.
India is reeling under a massive surge in COVID-19 cases that has overwhelmed hospitals and left hundreds of patients dying from shortage of oxygen and medicines across the country.