India’s High Commissioner to New Zealand Muktesh Pardeshi has acknowledged and welcomed the decision by Foreign Minister Nanaia Mahuta of providing $1 million assistance in India’s fight against a rampaging Covid second wave.

“Thank you Hon. Foreign Minister @NanaiaMahuta@MFATNZ for standing in solidarity with India at this difficult time and support to @ifrc for crucial medical supplies,” Pardeshi said in a tweet response.

Earlier Foreign Minister Nanaia Mahuta had announced 1 million assistance through International Federation of the Red Cross, which is working on the ground in India.

We stand in solidarity with India at this difficult time, and commend the tireless efforts of India’s frontline medics and healthcare workers who are working hard to save lives,” said Nanaia Mahuta.

“Aotearoa will contribute NZ $1 million to the International Federation of the Red Cross to assist India while they respond to the current surge in COVID-19 cases.”

The International Federation of the Red Cross is working directly with the local Indian Red Cross Society to provide oxygen cylinders, oxygen concentrators, and other crucial medical supplies. The IFRC is also looking at scaling up emergency operations across India by providing an intensified ambulance and blood service, and distributing personal protective equipment and hygiene kits to communities in need.

“We believe a contribution to an international organisation that has a reputation for delivery is the most practical assistance we can make to India at this time,” said Nanaia Mahuta.

“We will continue to monitor the situation and stand ready to assist the Indian government. We extend our deepest sympathies to the whanau and friends of those who have had their lives cut short by this terrible virus,” said Nanaia Mahuta.