In pictures: 660,000 fluid-resistant gowns flown into Cardiff Airport
A huge batch of PPE has landed in Cardiff Airport to protect NHS and social care staff
660,000 fluid-resistant gowns have arrived from Phnom Penh in Cambodia and Hangzhou in China via two flights. The first flight, from Cambodia, brought 200,000 gowns.
More than 60 million pieces of personal protection equipment (PPE) have been given to the Welsh NHS since the start of the Coronavirus pandemic. PPE is used in hospitals and by paramedics and other sites like pharmacies, emergency dental clinics, optometrists and GP surgeries.
3rd Battalion of the Royal Welsh have unloaded the two shipments of PPE from aircrafts this week, ready to be used on the frontline for NHS workers.
Second Lieutenant Jack Clary was one of the men unloading the PPE. He says:
We’re all reservists, meaning we all have full time jobs or are in education. For us its a brilliant opportunity to give back to the community that we’re so dearly a part of.
On Saturday, a shipment of 10 million masks also arrived from China, which will be used in the Welsh NHS and social care.
It was a hive of activity as hundreds of boxes were taken from the plane to the lorries.
Here is what Lieutenant Dominic O’Leory had to say about the task:
In Wales, the Armed Forces have also been supporting the Welsh Ambulance Service. Read more about this here.
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