Guwahati: In a bid to help Myanmar, which is dealing with an unexpected COVID-19 crisis amid the military coup, a non-profit society, the Apunba Imagi Machasing (AIMS) of Manipur has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to provide emergency relief materials to the neighbouring country.

In the letter, Dr Atom Sunil Singh, Director, AIMS said, “Under your [PM Narendra Modi] leadership, health care and frontline workers tirelessly waged a relentless battle against the virus to prevent the spread of the infection from saving lives billion in India.

However, the number of COVID cases has exploded in Myanmar. Myanmar is battling an acute shortage of medical oxygen as Covid-19 has spread rapidly.”

He highlighted that the health system in Myanmar is on the verge of collapse due to strikes by doctors and nurses who have joined a nationwide civil disobedience campaign against the military.

“The ethnic communities from North East India who are settled in the neighbouring country, Myanmar are begging for support to combat a massive spike in daily Covid-19 cases of the oxygen supply crisis,” read the letter.

Dr Singh requested Modi to supply emergency relief kits to Myanmar by providing emergency relief materials including medicines and oxygen cylinders as a humanitarian aid to help the neighbouring country grapple with a massive increase in cases and deaths due to Covid-19.

The same letter has also been submitted to the External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar, MoS of External Affairs, Rajkumar Ranjan, Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, and to N Biren Singh, the Chief Minister of Manipur.

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