From left to right: Thorsten Kaatze (University Hospital), Erich Staake (duisport), Thomas Hüser (duisport), Jochen Werner (University Hospital). Copyright: Georg Lukas
Relief totaling EUR 50,000 for clinics, hospitals and social facilities in Duisburg and surrounding area
• First delivery of hospital gowns to Essen University Hospital and Krupp Hospital
Duisburg, 16 April 2020 - Together with its Chinese partners, Duisburger Hafen AG (duisport) worked to ensure the rapid transport of medical equipment (protective suits and face masks) from China to North Rhine-Westphalia. This equipment is designated for use in the federal state’s medical and social facilities. As part of this “logistical aid package” for the state government, the Port of Duisburg also donated a total of EUR 50,000 in personal protective equipment to medical and social facilities in the region, which are fighting the spread of the coronavirus together with the health authorities.
The first delivery went to Essen University Hospital. Prof. Dr. Jochen A. Werner, Medical Director of Essen University Hospital, and Thorsten Kaatze, Commercial Director of Essen University Hospital, thanked the Port of Duisburg for its support: “The support lent by the Port of Duisburg is a great gesture of solidarity for our care personnel and doctors. We are very thankful for this effort. And we are also pleased to note that with the support of the logistics professionals in the port, we will not have to be concerned about bottlenecks in the future.”
Prof. Dr. med. Thomas Budde, Head Physician at Krupp Hospital, was also on hand to receive the first “load” in person: “A great initiative at the right time. Especially protective suits are urgently needed. They will be used right away. We would like to thank the staff at the Port of Duisburg from the bottom of our hearts!”
The situation regarding the procurement of medical personal protective equipment is not all that clear at the moment. Since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, government authorities and companies are desperately trying to procure protective textiles that are needed to protect staff and patients from getting infected with SARS CoV-2 during the treatment process. Many of these goods do not reach their intended destinations for different reasons.
duisport Chief Executive Officer Erich Staake: “Using our know-how, we want to do our part to ensure that people working in North Rhine-Westphalian institutions receive help quickly and without red tape. At this time, we are in the process of developing a logistical aid package together with the government authorities. Last Friday, we started the transport of relief goods with the help of our Chinese partners. In less than a week, we were able to deliver the first shipment to the University Hospital. The success of the first successful delivery by air has encouraged us to also use our logistics know-how to ensure the reliable transport of medication and other relief by rail.”
The value of the medical goods currently transported on behalf of the state government is approximately EUR 1 million. These goods are needed mainly for medical personnel at clinics in North Rhine-Westphalia.