Nitin Gadkari calls up Sun Pharma's chief to arrange Remdesivir injections for Nagpur
Nagpur/UNI: Union Minister Nitin Gadkari called up Sun Pharma's chief to arrange for 10,000 injections of Remdesivir in Maharashtra's Nagpur city due to shortage of the medicine there, a press release issued by Gadkari's office said here on Sunday.
According to the release Nitin Gadkari, who is the Lok Sabha member from Nagpur Constituency, spoke to Sun Pharma's Managing Director Dilip Shanghvi over the phone on Saturday and apprised him about the situation here and appealed to him to make available the Remdesivir injections for the city.
The pharmaceutical company chief assured Gadkari of making available 5,000 injections immediately on Saturday and the remaining 5,000 in next two-three days, the release stated .
With Maharashtra witnessing a spurt in COVID-19 cases, Remdesivir injections are in high demand in the state.
Remdesivir is considered a key anti-viral drug in the fight against COVID-19, especially in adult patients with severe complications.
Meanwhile, Gadkari expanded the mechanism for extending help to COVID-19 patients by launching helpline numbers for all six Legislative Assembly constituencies in Nagpur city.
The helpline services will be functional between 8 am and 9.30 pm.The helpline numbers are as follows:
■ Central Nagpur –08459898659
■ South Nagpur –07620806372
■ East Nagpur –07620553891
■ West Nagpur –08459618826
■ North Nagpur –07620993229
■ South-West Nagpur –07972507052, the release added.