Indian Armed Forces Shower Petals On COVID-19 Hospitals

On 1st May, General Bipin Rawat, Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), had stated that the Indian Army, the Indian Air Force (IAF), and the Indian Navy would organise multiple events that will call attention to the nation’s support towards the COVID-19 warriors.

Keeping their promise, the Indian Armed Forces flew over several COVID-19 medical hospitals showering flower petals to express gratitude and pay respect to the healthcare workers. The forces flew past hospitals and other government offices from helicopters and performed outside government establishments.

In Odisha, the Indian Air Force showered flowers from the sky in and around KIMS Hospital (Bhubaneswar) and Ashwini Hospital (Cuttack) as a mark of honour and to boost the morale of the COVID-19 warriors.

Dr Achyuta Samanta, founder, KIMS stated, “We express our heartfelt gratitude to Government of India for motivating the spirits of Covid Warriors at KIMS. Because of this, the willpower of all the doctors, nurses, and paramedical staff along with all others COVID warriors will be escalated by and large, and they would come forward to counter the onslaught of Novel Corona Virus”. He also thanked Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik for his support to open a special COVID Hospital at KIMS.

Both the hospitals had put up a ‘thank you’ signboard for the gesture by the armed forces.

Ashwini Hospital recently garnered eyeballs when a team of officials from the World Health Organisation (WHO) and UNESCO visited the hospital, inspected its preparedness, and appreciated the healthcare facility for adhering to all the protocols. Similarly, KIMS came to the spotlight after establishing an exclusive COVID hospital with 500 beds, including 50 critical beds.