San Luis Obispo County donates medical supplies to Ukraine

April 15, 2022

Refugees fleeing Irpin, Ukraine. Photo by Josh Friedman

By JOSH FRIEDMAN

San Luis Obispo County is sending excess medical supplies to Ukraine to assist humanitarian efforts in the war-torn country. [KCOY]

The county is sending 100,000 or more medical gloves, 1,000 or more meals ready to eat, 300 medical scrubs and other miscellaneous medical items. The medical supplies had been purchased to prepare for a surge in COVID-19 hospitalizations that did not occur.

Early in the pandemic, the SLO County Public Health Department purchased more than 100,000 medical items for the alternate care COVID-19 treatment facility that was set up at Cal Poly. The facility did not end up being needed as local hospitals managed to cope with the number of COVID-19 patients who were admitted.

Vince Pierucci, the SLO County Emergency Medical Services Director, said the medical supplies being sent to Ukraine have expiration dates. They need to be used or they will end up in a landfill, Pierucci said.

“The last thing we want is to pollute our environment and not use these items that were purchased to help people,” Pierucci said. “So we felt this was a great opportunity to help out Ukrainians.”

Local moving company Meathead Movers is assisting the county with sending medical supplies to Ukraine. Meathead Movers is packing the supplies and delivering them to the Port of Los Angeles, from which they are shipped to Ukraine.


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kayaknut

Ukraine certainly has needs and the Federal government is helping but dont we have a local need for some items, our local homeless population has exploded and meals are certainly something they need.


SIGINT Patriot

This is great news! While we’re at it, why don’t we donate our excess raw sewage to Russia so it doesn’t spill into our waterways.


SIGINT Patriot

Based upon my negative feedback numbers, it appears we have many Putin fans among us. Nonetheless, I pray everyday for the Ukrainian citizens who are suffering at the hands of a brutal, murderous regime.


kevin rise

I think there’s a bug here’s not you. We all support the 99 percents suffering from the 1 percent aligarch, genocidal, 1percent. Gov is gov, people are people, rich are rich, and then there’s everyone else living in reality without a silver “spoon” down their throat eating cake iced in blood.


JThomas

It would appear that we the citizens of San Luis Obispo County are paying way to much for taxes if SLO can just throw it away. What’s new pussy cat? Don’t you just love it? NOT!!!!!!