By ILONA ANDREW
KOTA KINABALU: Healthcare workers in the State have received timely help from a church charity to provide them better protection at work.
Ten sets of Power Air Purifying Respirators complete with 30 units of High Efficiency Particulate Filters as well as four boxes of High Efficiency Particulate Filters were handed over to the government yesterday.
The donation made by the Latter-Day Saint Charities (LDSC) follows a meeting between one of its members and Health and People’s Well-being Minister Datuk Frankie Poon in February.
“With subsequent follow-up in writing and sourcing of these medical equipment from overseas, the donation finally materialised,” he said.
His speech was delivered by his public relations secretary, Ku Nyen Fat, during the handover at Queen Elizabeth Hospital I here, Thursday.
According to Poon the PAPR is a type of respirator used to safeguard healthcare workers against contaminated air.
“It is used during intubation of Covid-19 patients or any surgical or medical aerosol generated procedure.
“Generally, PAPR provides better protection to our healthcare workers compared to the N95 mask.”
He said it was also reusable and can be shared among workers after sanitisation, adding it would also offer less discomfort to those working for long hours.
Poon said these respirators and filters would be distributed to health personnel in Queen Elizabeth Hospital I , Tawau Hospital, Duchess of Kent Hospital, Sandakan and Lahad Datu Hospital.
The minister meanwhile reminded the public not to be complacent although the Covid-19 statistics in the state appeared to be under control.
“We must continue to observe social distancing, avoid confined or crowded places, continue practising good personal hygiene and the use of face masks,” he stressed.