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IN PHOTOS: Volunteers, medical frontliners improvise PPEs amid shortage

IN PHOTOS: Volunteers, medical frontliners improvise PPEs amid shortage
(UPDATED) Using plastic bags, excess foam, and recyclable plastic containers, doctors and volunteers have been making their own PPEs to protect themselves from the coronavirus disease

 

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano has warned against “fake news” on the shortage of personal protective equipment in some areas as this would deprive other places where there is really a lack of PPEs.

(Editor’s Note: An earlier version of this story erroneously reported that Speaker Alan Cayetano claimed that reports on the shortage of PPEs are “fake news.” This has been corrected.)

Some social media posts of doctors and other medical industry workers who are at the forefront of the battle against the novel coronavirus, would show where the PPE shortages are.

Using plastic bags, excess foam, and recyclable plastic containers, doctors and volunteers have been making their own PPEs to protect themselves from COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. (READ: Filipinos find ways to improvise safety in the time of coronavirus)

The improvised equipment, along with the other commercially available PPE equipment, should be discarded properly. 

In an explainer by This Week in Asia, Consultant Wong Chen Seong said that improperly discarded masks have a large amount of secretory secretions and could be a potential health hazard to the others who may come in contact with them.

Look at how Filipinos use everyday objects to protect themselves from the novel coronavirus.

CRAFT SESSION. Post-graduate interns from Western Visayas State University devise face shields from acetate sheets and elastic bands. Photo by Rhona MacEachen


DONATION. The face shields created by the students from the Western Visayas State University are donated to the Western Visayas Medical Center. Photo by Rhona MacEachen

DO-IT-YOURSELF. Frontliners from St. Jude Family Hospital in Los Baños, Laguna use plastic bags and recyclable plastic containers as improvised PPE. Photo by Tes Depano.

 PERSONAL EFFORT. A medical frontliner post a photo of how she used excess foam and plastic container to make her own PPE. Photo by OJ Sunga


DIY PPE. Physical therapists from Qualimed Hospital in San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan volunteer to create DIY PPE. Photo by Rovileo Valdez

 BORONGAN INITIATIVE. Brandale Balid, together with the Surf Riders Club of Balid, create improvised PPEs to help those frontliners who are in need of the equipment. Photo by Rupert Ambil

 STRANDED YET PRODUCTIVE. Stranded dormers from UP Visayas volunteer to produce improvised PPEs, such as face shields. Photo by Hannah Labrador

 SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY. Printfinity Graphics Design and Print Solution taken part in improvising PPE for medical frontliners. Photo by Carl Marvin Licaros  

Several netizens shared their thoughts on the efforts of the frontliners and volunteers to provide PPEs. 

 

Government agencies, such as the Department of Science and Technology, have tried to address this issue by partnering up with private institutions in order to produce PPEs. The production of face masks will not start until the end of the week. (READ: DOST, private partners to produce 500,000 reusable face masks) – Rappler.com

 

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