Defence Forces continue to provide HSE surge capacity

Air Corps crews made 12 flights to Munich this 12 months to ship Covid-19 swab samples to a German laboratory for testing. 

The flights have been carried out every weekend in January and are scheduled to continue over the subsequent few weekends. 

The Defence Forces mentioned that is a part of it's "continued effort to provide surge capacity to the HSE". 

Chief Executive of the Health Service Executive Paul Reid mentioned a complete of three million Covid-19 assessments have been accomplished to date and described this as a "great milestone". 

"It's never been easy & we haven't got it all right, all the time. But everyone involved deserves huge credit. A good public service protecting us through every wave", he mentioned on Twitter. 

As properly as finishing up these deliveries to Germany, the Defence Forces can also be persevering with to provide different helps to the well being service.

It has 56 Military First Responders dedicated to swabbing every day, offering an extra capacity of 4,000 swabs per day, whereas its members are persevering with to help in contact-tracing work. 

Around 30 troopers have additionally been deployed to nursing houses round Ireland every single day because the center of January to help nursing house employees with non-clinical duties. 

The Defence Forces can also be engaged on the roll out of the vaccination programme, together with Air Corps deliveries of vaccines to distant areas inside the State.

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