Lifesaving face masks to protect NHS staff across East Yorkshire from COVID-19 have been donated by Chinese partners of the University of Hull.
Around 2,000 masks have so far been supplied by both international alumni and the University’s partner institute in Yangzhou, China, with more set to arrive.
Deliveries of the vital face masks have been coordinated through Hull Alumni, the University’s Chinese student council and several departments, before being distributed to hospitals in Hull and Cottingham.
Dr Amanda Lee, Associate Dean International at the University of Hull, said: “The University has strong links with a variety of organisations in China, including a healthcare collaboration with the University of Yangzhou in the Jiangsu province of China.
“We have numerous alumni across China thanks to our provisions in the Faculty of Business, Law and Politics – as well as the English language programmes taught through the Faculty of Arts, Culture and Education – and they all wanted to help.
“When they heard about the UK Coronavirus crisis and the increased demands for protective equipment and face masks, our partners got in touch and asked what they could do to help.
“Personal Protective Equipment – when used appropriately – is lifesaving. It protects our patients and our staff when they deliver care in frontline services across the region. We are incredibly grateful for the support from our colleagues and friends in China as we all join in the fight against this virus.”
Two parcels of face masks – totalling almost 900 pieces of equipment - have so far been donated by Yangzhou University and its affiliated hospitals in the Jiangsu province of China.
More than 1,000 masks –have also been donated by alumni of the University, and the University of Hull’s China office.
All deliveries have been coordinated through Hull Alumni and the University’s Chinese student council, along with the Faculty for Business, Law and Politics, PVCI and the Academic Partnerships office.