IAF’s largest transport aircraft, C-17 Globemaster, landed at Dimapur airport on April 11 carrying critical medical load for Nagaland in the wake of COVID-19 pandemic.
The Boeing aircraft had also recently flown missions to Wuhan in China, the epicenter of COVID-19 to drop medical aid and evacuate stranded Indian nationals. In addition, it has also flown similar missions to Iran.
The medical cargo was received by Nagaland adviser for NSDMA Kazheto Kinimi. He thanked and appreciated the IAF team and crew working under high risk conditions for the continuous support given to Nagaland state government during the fight against COVID-19 pandemic.
“Considering the difficult terrain and inherent connectivity issue faced by the Naga people, such proactive preparedness and cohesive coordination and cooperation by various multiple nodal agencies was the need of the hour,” Kinimi said.
He further stated that because of central support to state government and Naga public’s collective efforts, adequate targeted mitigation measures are being adopted and in position by the department, to reduce the scale of any impending disaster in the state. He was hopeful that air support by Ministry of Defence, in the future in support of NSDMA, especially in interiors of the state if needed would be a positive step and boost capabilities to tackle any disaster.