The Hope Foundation has been awarded €120,000 Government funding to support the running costs of their hospital in Kolkata, India.
In an update this week, the Hope Foundation said that when the pandemic is over there will be very few families in the city who will not have suffered a loss. They said the city is in partial-lockdown and daily labourers, migrant workers and their families are running out of food.
Confirming the funding from the Irish government, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Simon Coveney, said: “This support from Irish Aid will enable them to cover the vital running costs of the hospital – from the frontline doctors and nurses treating the sick, to nutritious foods which will help patients recover.
All three wards of the hospital have been converted into Covid wards. On Sunday, India reported 403,738 confirmed cases, including 4,092 deaths. Overall, India has over 22 million confirmed infections and 240,000 deaths. Experts say both figures are undercounts.
Government hospitals are unable to cope with the most recent surge of the coronavirus and the Hope Hospital is currently running at full capacity.
The work of the Hope Foundation epitomises Irish compassion. I am proud that a Cork-based organisation is able to help the most marginalised communities through this darkest hour. The foundation expressed gratitude this week for the “staggering generosity” of Irish people in response to their appeal.
Fundraising efforts have reached the current goals for PPE for hospital staff, hand sanitiser, food for patients, oxygen cylinders, ventilators, a new air conditioning unit and a cardiac monitor.
Extra work has begun to reach struggling families to provide food packs and medical support from the hospital and night-watch ambulances.