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Staff assist with COVID-19 aid mission for India

It was a team effort with staff across HSE estates, Acute Operations and HSE Medical Equipment units working together to deliver

Published: 30 April 2021

The plane carrying aid from Europe to India touched down this morning. The oxygen concentrators sourced by the HSE were received by the Indian Red Cross in the early hours of this morning and are now being distributed to urgent cases.

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Consignment of COVID-19 aid arrival in India

His Excellency Brendan Ward, Ambassador for Ireland in New Delhi said; “I know that some people spent a large part of their weekend on this project and that there were many late nights involved.  The fact that it proved possible to source, release and transport such a significant amount of equipment in a few days is a tribute to the efficiency and the connectedness of our systems.

It has made a very favourable impression here not just on our Indian colleagues, but also on other donor countries which have not been so quick off the mark. The EU Delegation was very appreciative of the generous acknowledgement of the EU contribution. It is always nice to see Ireland setting the pace and leading by example. We look forward to welcoming the next consignment early next week.”

Efforts from HSE Estates, Acute Operations and HSE Medical Equipment

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Dr Vida Hamilton HSE Acute Operations and Ronnie McDermott HSE Medical Equipment
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Nicholas and his Team in HSE Estates

Another consignment of aid will leave Ireland on Monday for India and will include:

  • 2 oxygen generators
  • 548 oxygen concentrators
  • 365 ventilators
  • and 60 mask ventilators


Thank you to all our colleagues across many departments and hospitals who have helped with this aid mission.