The partnership between USM and NGO in providing PPE for nearby hospitals

Published : 07 April 2020

BERTAM, April 7 2020 - Advanced Medical and Dental Institute (AMDI), Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) has taken the initiative to provide Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to meet the demand to equip front liners at nearby medical facilities.

The project has attracted the cooperation and supports from several non-governmental organizations (NGOs) such as Persatuan Gerakan Amal Bersama (GRAB), Pertubuhan Kebajikan Ikhlas Utara Malaysia, Pertubuhan IKRAM Negeri Pulau Pinang, business entity StruggleDotCom and residents of Bertam, Tasek Gelugor, Sungai Dua, Seberang Jaya, Kulim, and others.

According to the Director of AMDI, Professor Dr. Syed Azhar Syed Sulaiman, there is an urgent need for nearby medical facilities to obtain this PPE supply as the stocks from many suppliers are almost exhausted.

“Since AMDI USM also provides clinical services, the AMDI staffs themselves are exposed to the danger of the COVID-19, so some of the PPE produced are also used to meet their in-house needs.”

"In addition, AMDI is always ready and prepared to assist Hospital Kepala Batas if the pandemic outbreak continues or gets worse," Syed Azhar said. He added, "Alhamdulillah, today we donated 100 pairs of isolation gowns, 50 hijabs and 50 pairs of boot covers to Hospital Kepala Batas and Seberang Perai Utara District Health Office.”

According to the AMDI PPE Operational Room Coordinator, Associate Professor Dr. Bakiah Shaharuddin, about 485 pairs of isolation gowns, 200 boot covers, 155 hijabs and 70 head covers were produced from 1,200 meters of non-woven material through the project, most of which will be donated to hospitals and health clinics under the Ministry of Health Malaysia (MOH) which are in dire needs of PPE.

"The AMDI along with all the NGOs involved have worked together to prepare the PPE through the delegation of tasks such as measuring, sewing patterns, runner, sewing, and folding," she said.

The AMDI USM and Hospital USM have been listed by the MOH as COVID-19 diagnostic testing lab using the quantitative reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction technique.

USM's involvement in the conduct of the diagnostic test is to support MOH's aim to achieve 16,000 tests a week. We hope this effort will help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the country.
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