Post authorised to handle extra equipment orders
The trustees of Project Shield, which by last night had raised $17,115,965, have authorised the South China Morning Post to place additional orders of protective gear for medical workers treating Sars patients in Hong Kong.
Joining the team to monitor the orders and payments made on behalf of the more than 10,000 individuals and organisations are Dorothy Sit Yin-ping, deputy head of HSBC's personal financial services division, Christine Loh Kung-wai, chief executive of Civic Exchange and Alan Wong Ka-lun, general manager of corporate communications at Cathay Pacific.
The SCMP's representatives are Thaddeus Beczak, publisher; David Armstrong, group editor-in-chief; Amanda Turnbull, director, marketing and communications; and Colin Kerr, editorial director.
The trustees reviewed a new Hospital Authority list of items most urgently needed by the frontline workers, including disposable fluid-resistant gowns and eyeshields.
Orders have been placed for six million surgical masks costing $3 million and 500 AirMate respirators, also costing $3 million. An order for 100,000 protective suits was trimmed to 10,000 yesterday when the authority reorganised its priorities for the supply of protective equipment. The trustees will also consider whether medical workers outside the public hospital system are being adequately protected and other ways in which Project Shield can deliver protection directly to those at risk, for example for those working in homes for the elderly.