The Royal College of Nursing has released a message of solidarity with nursing staff in India, amid the deadly new wave of Covid-19 in the country.
College president Professor Dame Anne Marie Rafferty spoke as the first aid package for the most needed medical supplies from the UK was about to arrive in New Delhi today.
“We are united in partnership with our Indian care partners who work tirelessly”
Anne Marie Rafferty
The South Asian country is facing a record number of Covid-19 cases and deaths in recent days, fueled by a new strain of the virus.
Oxygen supplies are said to be dangerously short, while shocking images show street patients unable to get a hospital bed and crematoriums are being held for the dead.
Professor Rafferty says the college stands to support both Indian nursing staff and Indian members in the UK.
“We are in partnership with our Indian nursing colleagues who work tirelessly in patient rescue care, their expertise is essential to meet the many challenges posed by Covid-19. pandemic, “he said.
“We know that many of our members in India are concerned about loved ones today, and we are committed to supporting them and their families.”
The UK government has promised to send to India 600 items of surplus medical equipment that are no longer needed in the UK.
“The painful sights in India also show how horrible this terrible disease is”
This includes 495 oxygen concentrators, which extract oxygen from the airway so it can be delivered to patients, as well as 120 non-invasive ventilators and 20 manual ventilators.
Professor Rafferty said sending this relief aid was a “good start” but warned that the country would need more support in the longer term.
“In the midst of a global pandemic, no one is safe until everyone is safe,” he added.
“It is important, now especially in the past, that the international community should work together to develop global solutions to provide a quick end to the pandemic.”
The UK government says it is working with the Indian government to figure out more help it can provide as the country’s fight over new cases continues.
Speaking on Sunday about the aid package, UK health and health care secretary Matt Hancock said: “India’s heartbreaking scenes also show how horrible it is to be. disease.
“We are determined to support the people of India through this difficult time, and I am very grateful to those who worked hard to make this first delivery possible.
“This first delivery of life -saving equipment will provide much needed assistance and we are ready to do more,” he said.