Cymru to send hundreds of ventilators to India


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Medical equipment will be sent from Cymru to support the international emergency response to the coronavirus pandemic in India, the Welsh Government has announced.


Health Minister Vaughan Gething said that hundreds of ventilators will be transported to India and distributed to the hospitals where they are "needed most".


India is currently experiencing a devastating second wave, leaving the country's health system struggling to cope.


India currently has the third highest Covid-19 death toll of any country in the world, with almost 250,000 reported deaths.


Gething and Professor Keshav Singhal, Chair of the Welsh branch of the British Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (BAPIO), visited the NHS Wales National Distribution Centre on Monday (10 May) to inspect the supplies.


Flights are being arranged by the UK Foreign Commonwealth & Development Office.


Gething said: "COVID-19 is a global threat and as such it is right that we are part of the global response, supporting other nations.


"We have worked closely with the UK Government and the Government of India on the logistics in arranging for these supplies to be transported to India and distributed to the hospitals where they are needed most."

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