Manitoba organizations join forces to send medical supplies to India
WINNIPEG – Several Manitoba organizations are teaming up to help India in its battle against COVID-19 by sending medical supplies.
On Wednesday, the Shola Agboola Goodwill Ambassadors Foundation, along with the Manitoba Indian Association and International Hope Canada, joined forces to help fill a shipping container full of medical supplies.
Kevin Stewart, president of International Hope Canada, said the groups are sending a variety of supplies.
“The Altona personal care home had a number of patient beds that no longer met Canadian standards, so they were replacing them,” he said. “These beds that they had were going to be scrapped.”
Instead of being turned into junk, Stewart said International Hope asked if they could take the 49 beds so they could be sent to India.
In addition to the beds and mattresses for the beds, the shipping container is loaded with 2,500 medical isolation gowns, bandages, surgical supplies, infant incubators, nursery cradles, medical scissors, urinary supplies, suture materials and more. supplies.
Stewart says it’s important to provide support to India, which is struggling with COVID-19.
“We had someone (came to us) a few years ago and was looking for hospital beds. We had mattresses here that we would consider garbage here. They were more than happy to accept them. The reason they were happy to take these mattresses from us was because right now the patients were sleeping on the floor in the hospital and at night the snakes were crawling over them. “
He said anything they can send to India is helping those who are struggling now.
All the supplies will be transported to two different hospitals and the shipping container will be sent to India on Friday.
Stewart said it would be the 103rd container shipped overseas to help less fortunate countries since 1997.