Ireland Send 700 Oxygen Concentrators As Indian Health System Collapses

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An emergency donation of 700 oxygen concentrators departed Ireland for India yesterday morning.

A further donation of more life-saving equipment including at least one oxygen generator and 365 ventilators has been agreed and transport arrangements are being made. As with the donation of oxygen concentrators, the donation is being made from stocks originally purchased by the HSE as part of pandemic preparations.

The oxygen concentrators extract oxygen from the air and deliver it to the patient at 90% concentrations. India’s health system is overwhelmed with the number of Covid cases that need health care.

Minister Coveney said: “Ireland is playing its part in the EU’s Team Europe response to the record surge of COVID-19 cases in India. By coordinating our efforts and pooling our resources, we are maximising our collective impact. This life-saving support will provide much-needed relief to those affected and will support Indian hospitals and Indian healthcare workers on the front line of the pandemic.”