Appeal seeks to fill safety shopping list

PUBLISHED : Friday, 02 May, 2003, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 02 May, 2003, 12:00am

The South China Morning Post will today place a multi-million dollar order to buy a range of protective equipment for frontline medical workers following the unprecedented success of our Project Shield appeal.

Another $83,790 was donated by readers to the appeal fund yesterday, bringing the total to a staggering $10,493,695, just one week after the fundraising appeal was launched.

The Post is now working with the Hospital Authority to buy the protective equipment most needed by medical staff and to get it to them as quickly as possible.

Apart from protective suits, medical workers at hospitals treating Sars patients also need goggles, high-quality face masks, disposable gowns and protective hoods with respirators, according to Fung Hong, head of the Hospital Authority taskforce investigating frontline needs.

On a rough average, it costs about $1.3 million a day to keep the health workers supplied with this equipment, according to the Hospital Authority figure.

The hospitals also need reusable protective hoods with respirators for nurses and doctors to work in high risk areas. About 850 such hoods are needed with each costing $4,500. The medical workers also need 367,000 face masks per day and 30,000 pairs of goggles per month.

The pharmaceutical company, Pfizer, will today deliver 20,000 N95 face masks to the appeal to be distributed to hospital staff.

If you are a frontline worker and you think there is other equipment that will help protect you against Sars, ring our hotline today on 2565 2626.

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