PPE gear donated to hospital

2020-05-13 06:00
The Raubex Group in Bloemfontein donated Personal Protective Equipment (face masks) to the Netcare Pelonomi Hospital in Bloemfontein. From the left are Dr Alicia Ferris, Jaco Louw (Raubex Group), Dr André Loubser, Dr Alicia Glover and Dr Lincoln John Solomon. Photo: Supplied

The Raubex Group in Bloemfontein donated Personal Protective Equipment (face masks) to the Netcare Pelonomi Hospital in Bloemfontein. From the left are Dr Alicia Ferris, Jaco Louw (Raubex Group), Dr André Loubser, Dr Alicia Glover and Dr Lincoln John Solomon. Photo: Supplied

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Front-line staff at the Netcare Pelonomi Private Hospital in Bloemfontein received a much-needed donation of personal protective equipment (PPE) in the tough battle against the coronavirus (Covid-19).

The donation of face masks was courtesy of the Raubex Group, one of South Africa’s leading infrastructure development groups. Items were presented to the hospital on Tuesday (05/05).

According to Jaco Louw of Raubex, the donation of masks is a direct response by the company to the clarion call by the World Health Organisation (WHO) that private entities must aid governments around the world by donating PPE gear following a shortage after the outbreak of the life-threatening Covid-19.

A shortage of PPE for usage by doctors and nurses as well as workers in health facilities, is a global challenge causing distress for front-line staff in their fight to save lives.

The donation sees the group take hands on deck to aid the government to fight the deadly illness for which a cure is yet to be discovered.

The World Health Organisation has since lamented shortage of PPE clothing for healthcare workers around the world, stressing that shortage is endangering health workers worldwide.

The agency responsible for international public health, further stressed that healthcare workers rely on PPE to protect themselves and scores of patients from infected and infecting others.

Equipment needed includes among others, masks, gloves, respirators, aprons and medical masks.

The World Health Organisation has since called on governments and industries to increase manufacturing by 40% to meet the rising global demand for PPE.

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