Volga-Dnepr transports ICUs to the Caribbean

By Damian Brett

Volga-Dnepr Airlines has recently delivered eight oversized intensive care units (ICU) supplies to the remote Dutch Caribbean islands of St Maarten and St Eustatius.

Flown on behalf of mobile hospital manufacturer Hospitainer, the programme of four charter flights utilised two IL76-TD-90VD aircraft, which departed over a period of one week.

Loading from Maastricht, the flights landed at St Maarten Princess Juliana International Airport, bringing in two 40ft medical ICU units, which were received by the St Maarten medical centre, and six 20ft medical ICU units, which were on-carried by local barge to the smaller St Eustatius.

The call to action was spurred by the needs of the Ministry of Health, Culture and Sport, Netherlands, to assist with the supply of medical infrastructure to the Dutch Caribbean in light of the coronavirus outbreak.

In addition to the mobile hospitals, Volga-Dnepr Airlines also assisted to transport equipment for diagnostics, together with ventilator machines, medicine and essential personal protective equipment from other suppliers to the Dutch authorities.

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