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COVID-19 Relief Initiative Continues

2020-04-07 13:04:26

 

Our charity is working round the clock to secure the purchase and transport of protective gear for our brave frontline medical staff. We want to ensure that as they help us to get through this extremely challenging time, they can feel safe themselves. We managed to acquire (not an easy task in the current situation) and will donate 75 000 face shields, 1 000 000 surgical masks and 2 500 sports masks which can be adapted to protect against the spread of the virus. 

Protective gear for medical staff is our top priority at the moment. Masks, coveralls, face shields and goggles are currently among the most desperately required equipment. We will be donating PPE to hospitals, emergency rooms, and to care centres across the country says Lidia Niedźwiedzka-Owsiak, medical affairs director at the Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity Foundation. 

The charity decided to buy 75 000 face shields which will be delivered to ambulance stations across the country. The first batch of face shields will reach first responders next week. The guards, provided that they are disinfected after each use, can be used again. What is more, ambulance stations across the country will receive 2 500 snorkelling masks donated by Decathlon Poland. Masks can be adapted to protect the wearer against contamination. 

We have also purchased 1 000 000 three-plier surgical masks which will be delivered to 100 hospitals. These hospitals formed the so-called second-line of pandemic defence and were chosen to be at stand-by by local authorities. 

Helping medical staff is our top priority at the moment, and we focus on buying, shipping, and delivering the gear as fast as possible. Medical personnel are dedicated to protecting us against the virus, so we are committed to helping them be safe. Our donations will supplement the items bought by the state agencies, and we will send the gear to these facilities which otherwise would not receive support. We are going to focus on the so-called second-line hospitals, ambulance stations, and ob-gyn wards. Says Jurek Owsiak. 

You can read more about our purchases in aid of COVID-19 Relief Initiative here. 

 

Lidia Niedźwiedzka-Owsiak, członek zarządu i dyrektor ds. medycznych WOŚP, fot. Marcin Michoń

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