Houston Methodist Hospital sends medical supplies to India to help fight COVID
HOUSTON – Last year, Houston health officials were stocking up on supplies of personal protective equipment, which was hard to find.
One of the first fears of the pandemic was that we would run out of PPE and be unable to protect frontline healthcare workers.
In the end, to sum up a valiant effort, hospitals in Houston actually had an adequate supply of PPE.
In fact, thousands of pounds of supplies purchased by Houston Methodists lay unused in a warehouse. When a few Indian doctors in Houston desperately asked to send this additional inventory to their home country, the Methodists in Houston did not disappoint.
Vice President of Supply Chain Management David Peck said we currently have a lot of PPE for our own needs and hope this donation will help end the pandemic around the world.
“This is a product that we bought in March and April of last year at the start of the pandemic here in Houston,” Peck said. “We bought quite a bit of it, so we went through it and that’s what we have left, so we want to donate it to the people in India.”
Once the Indian Medical Association knew the supply was available, it set to work locating the towns that needed it and could accept it once it landed.
“We started to treat things that we had never dealt with as doctors. Purchases, collection, logistics, transport, customs, ”said Dr Jignash Shah of the Indian Medical Association. “These are things we had to do as a group, put our lives on hold.”
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