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Published on April 27th, 2021 | by Alan Dwyer

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Irish Government Sends Medical Supplies to India

A Russian built Ilyushin Il-76TD cargo aircraft arrived in Dublin on Tuesday evening to collect a supply of medical equipment for urgent shipping to India to help with the latest wave of Coronavirus cases. The Ilyushin belonging to Volga Dnepr airlines arrived in Dublin from Ulyanovsk in Russia and will overnight for crew rest before departing to Delhi on Wednesday morning. India has been one of the hardest hit countries by the Coronavirus and recorded over 350,000 cases in a single day. It was the fifth consecutive day India had broken the record for single day new cases.

On this flight, the Irish Government is sending up to 700 oxygen concentrators to India as part of an emergency donation to help save lives there, as hospitals run out of oxygen supplies and ventilation equipment. The devices draw oxygen from the air and deliver it to the patient at over 90% concentration. An oxygen concentrator can provide a continuous flow of oxygen that does not run out. It is likely that more flights may follow in the coming weeks with additional equipment.

The donated equipment from Ireland is all brand new and was purchased by the HSE last year as Ireland planned to establish field hospitals during the initial response to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, these field hospitals were not required and the equipment remained in storage. The donation of the equipment to India is being made through the EU’s European Civil Protection Mechanism, which was put into place at the request of the Indian government in Delhi.

Photo by Joe McDermott

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