Philippines to start local production of PPEs

Marje Pelayo

MANILA, Philippines – To address the increasing demand for personal protective equipment (PPEs) in the country, the national government and member-companies of the Confederation of Wearable Exporters of the Philippines (CONWEP) will begin local production of medical-grade PPEs for healthcare workers amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak.

Garment exporters agreed to begin production next week as soon as the imported materials arrive.

“Once operational, these factories will be able to produce 10,000 PPEs a day,” assured Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID).

Once completed, the locally-produced PPEs are expected to help frontline health workers in COVID-risk hospital situations in operating rooms, COVID-19 positive wards and Intensive Care Units (ICU).

Healthcare groups have been reportedly calling for donations of PPEs amid depleting supplies due to the rapid spike of coronavirus positive cases in the country.

Since April 1, the Department of Health (DOH) have facilitated the arrival of PPE sets procured by the national government which were initially distributed to COVID-19 referral hospitals like the East Avenue Medical Center (EAMC); San Lazaro Hospital; Lung Center of the Philippines (LCP); Philippine General Hospital (PGH); Dr. Jose Rodriguez Memorial Hospital; and the Armed Forces of the Philippines Medical Center (AFPMC).

The DOH said additional 900,000 PPE donations are scheduled to arrive between April 6 to 24.  MNP (with inputs from Rosalie Coz)

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