The Kerryman (Tralee Edition) - - FRONT PAGE -

TH­ESE are just some of the brave men and women who are putting their health and their lives on the line in Kerry’s bat­tle against COVID-19.

For the fore­see­able fu­ture th­ese health­care work­ers – and thou­sands more like them in the health and emer­gency ser­vices – will be work­ing around the clock to keep us all safe.

Their self­less­ness – and that of the hun­dreds of doc­tors and nurses fly­ing home from around the world to join the fight – should be an in­spi­ra­tion to us all.

Univer­sity Hospi­tal Kerry staff are work­ing round the clock to pre­pare for the surge, a spokesper­son said: “Our Kerry com­mu­nity needs us now more than ever. In re­sponse, tro­jan work con­tin­ues at pace in­side Univer­sity Hospi­tal Kerry this week in the ar­eas of ed­u­ca­tion, train­ing, up-skilling, build­ing works and path­way plan­ning to bring ev­ery sup­port to bear in terms of the bat­tle against COVID 19,” they said.

In the last week alone, our emer­gency ser­vices have been swelled by eight new gar­daí and 15 new fire fight­ers. Still more peo­ple are com­ing out of re­tire­ment to lend a hand in our hos­pi­tals and to keep the county func­tion­ing.

A peo­ple can be mea­sured by how they deal with a cri­sis. In this in­stance, Kerry can stand proud.

It is now clear that the cri­sis and lock-down will con­tinue for many more weeks, and we owe it to those hold­ing the line in our hos­pi­tals to do our bit.

As The Ker­ry­man went to press there were 12 con­firmed cases of the virus in Kerry.

In the mean­time, we can all hon­our the work of our emer­gency-ser­vice he­roes by do­ing the lit­tle that has been asked of us.

Stay at home; avoid large groups; lis­ten to the ex­perts and fol­low their in­struc­tions, and keep wash­ing your hands. This is a defin­ing mo­ment for our na­tion and our beloved county.

Do your part.

Photo: Dom­nick Walsh

Staff from Univer­sity Hospi­tal Kerry stand united as they take on the coro­n­avirus in unity and sol­i­dar­ity with other col­leagues in the health ser­vices. Front Left: Tahir Ab­dul­rah­man ED Regis­tar; Front Right: Laura Jen­nings Phys­io­ther­a­pist. Back from Left: Noreen Fee­han Cater­ing; Mar­garet Hor­gan Cater­ing Su­per­vi­sor; Mairead Mhuimh­neacha Med­i­cal Sci­en­tist; Jim O’Con­nor Phar­macy Porter and Jan­ice McHugh MRO/HIPE.

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