Around noon a cargo aircraft from Defense with coronaaids for Suriname left Eindhoven Air Base.
On the plane there are two large oxygen containers and 23 pallets with protective equipment, such as mouthcaps and gloves for care personnel.
With the oxygen containers, medicinal oxygen can be produced. It can then be filled in oxygen bottles, which are used in hospitals. Defense staff will fly to Suriname tomorrow to teach medics there how to use the equipment.
Suriname has a great shortage of manpower and resources now that a third, violent corona wave has broken out in the country. The highest level of risk is in force.
More than a hundred applications
Friday, a first group of 20 to 25 men of medical staff leaves. People report in large numbers, says Denise Telgt, infectiologist at the Radboud UMC in the CCEit Radio 1 News. She coordinates the sending of medical personnel on behalf of the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport (VWS).
She‘s already got over a hundred applications in a few days. “However, we need to see if people meet all the criteria,” says Telgt. Together with her colleague and intensivist Jeroen Schouten, she determines the composition of the group.
The group that leaves Friday is almost finished. “We already have intensivists, IC-nurses, regular nurses and laboratory technicians. We’re still looking for infectiologists.”
These people work in four hospitals in Paramaribo and one in Nickerie. “In the course of today, we will check with our Surinamese colleagues where the need is highest.”
Following this first group of medical personnel, new teams will be followed later, which will relieve each other.
At the end of this month, the Netherlands will also send 500,000 to 750,000 Astrazeneca vaccines. Minister Hugo de Jonge said yesterday that it is being examined whether vaccines could be sent earlier.