Northwell sends relief to India as coronavirus cases overwhelm hospitals and the supply chain

Dr. Eric Cioe-Peña (ideal), Northwell Health’s director of World wide Wellbeing, readies provides to send out to India. (Picture courtesy of Northwell Wellbeing)

Northwell Wellbeing, in conjunction with the American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin, is transport 1 million KN95 respirators, 35 ventilators and 1,000 oxygen concentrators to India, which is struggling with a catastrophic 2nd wave of COVID-19.

The industrial-grade O2 concentrators practically pull oxygen out of slender air and can be made use of everywhere to deal with sufferers. Similar models were being made use of in subject hospitals across the United States.

Northwell’s original cargo of masks and individual protecting products (PPE) remaining JFK Worldwide Airport early Might 4, the health system said. The full sum of products should be in the country by the conclude of this 7 days.

Northwell has also proven a fund to assistance its Middle for World wide Wellbeing, which will direct all monetary donations received this month to the American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI). The funds will be dispersed immediately to COVID-19 reduction measures.

WHY THIS Matters

India lacks provides and clinic place as the country recently topped 20 million acknowledged circumstances of the coronavirus. 

Necessary products this kind of as N95 respirators, PPE and oxygen are at important lows – a dangerous blend that is frustrating India’s public and non-public health techniques and threatening the effectively-getting of extra than 1.3 billion people today, Northwell said.
 
THE Much larger Trend

The Biden administration has pledged to send out sixty million doses of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, and the U.S. Company for Worldwide Growth has started flying unexpected emergency provides to the country, such as oxygen cylinders, immediate diagnostic assessments and one hundred,000 N95 masks, according to United states Right now. 

Northwell’s efforts are getting spearheaded by Northwell’s Middle for World wide Wellbeing, which was proven in 2019. The Middle for World wide Wellbeing partners with Northwell to establish new packages in its core sites – Ecuador, Guyana and India – and supports present packages in affiliate sites in the Dominican Republic, Kenya and Uganda.  

Northwell Wellbeing is among New York state’s greatest healthcare providers with 23 hospitals, 830 outpatient facilities and extra than sixteen,600 affiliated medical professionals. 

ON THE RECORD 
  
“We have been working with our partners and vendors [in the United States] to get provides donated, to get transport and cargo and air freight donated, to get the provides as promptly as probable,” said Middle for World wide Wellbeing Director Dr. Eric Cioe-Peña, who stressed the value of Northwell Health’s source chain and logistical assistance. 

Thanks to the size and scale of the crisis, India’s general landmass and extra vacation constraints, many things arrive into enjoy to get these provides to the hospitals and sufferers that have to have them the most, he said.

“We also have to have to make guaranteed that when we’re sending these provides,” he said, “we’re inserting them strategically in the country.” 
 
Dr. Shashi Shah, chief of urology at Northwell’s Long Island Jewish Clinical Middle, is a member of AAPI, which signifies extra than eighty,000 medical professionals of Indian origin. Shah has been coordinating in between the two corporations to streamline the approach.
 
“Via AAPI’s community of medical professionals and our interactions in India, especially in the health techniques, we can align with the ideal people today who can assistance us make the most knowledgeable decisions and get these provides – and just as essential – the funds they have to have to tackle this crisis,” Shah said.

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