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Thursday 30 March 2023 Dublin: 14°C


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# Nepal
Ireland to send ventilators and defibrillators to help Nepal fight Covid-19
Oxygen concentrators, ventilators, defibrillators and PPE are among some of the equipment to be donated.
# Late Late Show
'A lot of fighting' among U2 band members about making PPE donation public
The group donated €10 million for the sourcing and purchase of personal protective equipment for frontline workers in April.
# equipment scramble
HSE in 'detailed discussions' with company over €14m contract for ventilators that failed quality checks
Questions were raised about the deal in the Dáil today
# Sanitisers
Schools told to stop using more than 50 sanitising products following government review
The Department of Education has told schools that they will be provided with funding to obtain new supplies.
# Masks
Several towns and cities lose 'clean' status amid increase in PPE litter around the country
Dublin, Galway and Limerick city centres all lost their ‘clean’ status, according to a new survey.
# Schools
Less than half of schools providing medical grade face masks to SNAs, survey finds
That’s according to a survey conducted by trade union Fórsa.
# Coronavirus
Small aerosol droplets could penetrate PPE, scientists warn
PPE is an effective barrier to large droplets but may be less effective for small ones,” an academic surgeon said.
PPE grant now available for people with cystic fibrosis
The grant of €100 per applicant is available from Cystic Fibrosis Ireland.
# caring for carers
'I am struggling': How home carers became the forgotten frontline workers of the pandemic
Part one of Noteworthy’s in-depth investigation shows that many carers took a pay hit and felt unsupported during the Covid-19 crisis.
# final flight
Final Aer Lingus PPE delivery arrives in Dublin after 259 flights
Over 85 million pieces of PPE were delivered in the last three months.
# cutting costs
'The industry can't carry the cost': Customers may expect PPE charges at hair salons from next week
One industry source claimed salons will spend thousands on PPE every week.
# Back To School
It is not envisaged that significant PPE will need to be worn when schools reopen, says minister
Guidelines for schools are currently being drafted.
# Transparency
Questions remain over NI-ROI 'secret' emails and a non-existent PPE order for Northern Ireland
The DUP’s Paul Frew has asked that two email threads are released to see why a promise for PPE was made, but was never delivered.
# The Lancet
'Much lower risk' of Covid-19 spreading beyond one metre - study
A new study by The Lancet has analysed various measures to prevent the spread of Covid-19.
# Consumer protection
New guidelines for producers of Covid-19 face coverings
The CCPC has warned against claims that these items protect the wearer from Covid-19.
# Coronavirus
Nursing homes timeline: Early predictions of problems with PPE, hospital discharges and poaching of staff in letters
Hundreds of pages of correspondence between Nursing Homes Ireland and the Department of Health were released yesterday.
# Correspondence
Nursing Homes Ireland raised issue of PPE shortage with Department as early as February
A series of correspondence between NHI and the Department of Health has been published today.
# Coronavirus
PPE will cost €1 billion this year, and number of Covid-19 patients in ICU has halved from peak
Some 120 million masks will arrive in Ireland from South Korea in the coming weeks.
Shay Given heads up group to source PPE for frontline healthcare staff 'working to save our lives'
The not for profit will use funds raised to manufacture masks approved for use in the NHS.
Two Kildare brothers help their dad to produce 1,000 face shields for front line medical staff
Mick Reilly works in the school of engineering at Trinity College Dublin and he and his sons have been producing the PPE at home.
# Covid-19
Orange Order buys PPE for healthcare staff on island of Ireland
The shipment includes tens of thousands of masks and aprons and a large volume of hand sanitiser.
# protective equipment
Healthcare workers make fresh appeal for PPE donations as HSE chief says it's like 'gold dust'
HSE boss Paul Reid says the behaviour of some countries is akin to “modern-day piracy”.
# Coronavirus
Ministers in UK downplay talk of lifting Covid-19 restrictions amid 'grotesque' criticism of Johnson
A report in the Sunday Times claims the prime minister missed five meetings of the key Cobra committee in the run-up to the outbreak.
# Covid-19
Johnson praises NHS for saving his life as nurses told to refuse to work 'as last resort' over PPE
More than 20 NHS staff are believed to have died from Covid-19.
# Coronavirus
Covid-19 vaccine could be available in September, Oxford professor claims
The World Health Organization previously said it could take 12 to 18 months for a vaccine to be developed.
# helping hand
Cork fabric company to alter some of HSE's shipment of personal protective equipment to make it suitable for use
Much of the equipment which arrived in from China has been deemed unsuitable for use.
Brid Smith: 'We need to take on the market forces that are profiteering from this pandemic'
People Before Profit TD Brid Smith says we need to consider moving beyond the restricted ‘market’ in this time of crisis.
# Coronavirus
HSE says 20% of the first PPE batch to arrive from China was 'unsuitable'
The HSE also said it wants to increase testing to 4,500 people a day next week.
# Coronavirus
HSE says some of the PPE flown in from China is 'not appropriate for use'
The Irish government has spent over €200 million on PPE from countries such as China.
A nurse returning to work at the frontline: 'Not all heroes wear capes, but they all need a face mask'
I left nursing years ago and now I feel I have a duty to return, but the odds are against us, writes Deirdre Mullins.
# St Ronan
'We have the red carpet rolled out': First shipment of PPE supplies from China arrives in Dublin
This is the first delivery flight of the HSE’s €208 million order of PPE from China.
# Coronavirus
Emergency Covid-19 legislation passed by reduced number of TDs in Dáil
In a marathon Dáil debate, politicians are having their say on emergency legislation.
# Covid-19
HSE says there's enough protective equipment to keep hospitals 'ticking over' until shipment from China
A consignment of equipment such as masks, gowns and goggles is due to arrive from China on Sunday.
# masks gowns gloves
Frontline hospital staff make urgent appeal asking for donations of personal protective equipment
Beauticians, hair dressers, construction workers and the food and pharma industries were singled out.