In a humane gesture, India on Wednesday gifted life-saving drugs, which included Hydroxychloroquine tablets, to Mauritius and Seychelles as a help deal with the coronavirus pandemic which has infected 2 million people worldwide.
Mauritius Vice Prime Minister Leela Devi Luchoomun Dookun received the consignment of half a million Hydroxychloroquine tablets that arrived here on Wednesday evening through a special Air India cargo flight from Delhi, the Indian High Commission in Port Louis said in a statement.
“The shipment was made possible as a special gesture although a restriction on its export from India continues to be in force in view of the unprecedented prevailing difficult situation because of COVID-19 global pandemic,” it said.
Mauritius is one of the first countries to get the supplies of this medicine after a special exemption was sanctioned for a few countries. “This demonstrates the unique ties between our two countries,” the statement said. It said the consignment was part of the 13 tonnes of essential lifesaving medicines that have been sent for Mauritius.
It was the first consignment of essential medicines and a second consignment will follow in coming weeks.