KUALA LUMPUR, March 23 (Bernama) -- Plastic manufacturers are stepping up efforts to donate and supply hospitals and their frontliners with plastic items to respond to the shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) due to the widespread COVID-19.
The Malaysian Plastics Manufacturers Association (MPMA) has organised a donation drive among its members, calling on them to give what they can to hospitals facing shortages of disposables, including mineral water, face shields, aprons, gowns, shoe or ankle covers, bottles, and goggles.
Its president Datuk Lim Kok Boon, in a statement today, said members have already donated 15,000 plastic aprons for doctors, nurses and hospital staff and will be donating more in days to come.
“We're looking at sourcing longer plastic aprons that are better-suited for medical frontliners. In the meantime, our members are providing plastic sheeting for the frontliners to repurpose as they need,” he said.
The donated plastic sheeting can be used as temporary barriers or curtains in the hospitals, as well as disposable protective covering for medical staff.
"As plastics is a critical sector, we're determined to do whatever we can to help the nation’s fight against the COVID-19 outbreak," Lim said, adding that: "We must protect the frontliners in our battle against this disease."
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