An amazing 24,000 people have responded to the call to fight the coronavirus across Ireland.
The coronavirus crisis is being watched by top doctors “as if a tsunami coming towards us” – as 24,000 people have answered Ireland’s call to serve the HSE.
Former doctors, nurses and medical staff have signed up for the temporary work and retraining.
Dr Oisin O’Connell revealed doctors are facing into “what is essentially wartime medicine” as Ireland aims to stop the spread of the deadly bug.
The respiratory consultant warned that the country must be “protective” of equipment like ventilators as we’re predicted to see up to 15,000 cases by the end of March.
On the potential 15,000 cases, Dr O’Connell told RTE Radio One’s Today With Sean O’Rourke: “The kind of measures we take now in the country as a nation is what’s going to influence that significantly.
“The Government have been very decisive in their actions to date, in terms of the population restrictions, in terms of their media coverage, and in terms of their rapid output of public health measures to contain this.
“We’re watching this as if a tsunami is coming towards us.”
Thousands of Irish people have already got in contact with the HSE to help during the outbreak.
Health Minister Simon Harris said: “In the last 24 hours, 24,000 people have contacted the @HSELive responding to our call for help!
“Ireland, I love you! What an amazing national effort. Thank you so much. Let’s keep at it. Go to http://HSE.ie/oncall and see if you can help.”
The crusade is drawing doctors and nurses back to Ireland from Canada and Australia, where many young Irish medical professionals travelled to find work after they complete their training here.
If you are a medical worker and have come back from overseas to help out the fight against coronavirus in Donegal, we’d love to hear from you.
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