In India, the second wave of the pandemic is almost four-times the size of the first wave, with daily cases already over 362,000, and the virus is spreading more quickly than before. Hospitals and health centres across India are struggling to cope with the overwhelming number of new cases, with hospital beds, essential drugs and oxygen running out.
A group of medics in Cork have been responding to the developing crisis, helping to drive donations to the UNICEF Ireland India appeal.
Here, Professor Seamus O’Reilly, Oncologist at Cork University Hospital and Mr Kishore Doddakula, Clinical lead/Consultant Cardiothoracic Surgeon at CUH join UNICEF Ireland Executive Director Peter Power for a fascinating live discussion on the crisis and the deep links between the people of Cork and India, not least within the healthcare community.
UNICEF has an established presence in India and our team is at the forefront of the response to this devastating pandemic. The agency has already sent critical lifesaving supplies to help India in its battle with COVID-19.
Read more about UNICEF’s response to the crisis in India here.
Support our emergency appeal for India here.