ABU DHABI: With more than a million infections and over 65,000 deaths around the globe, doctors and other frontline healthcare responders are facing twin problems and calling for help. First, the acute shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) – masks, gowns, gloves and eyewear that protects them from the virus while tending to patients in healthcare facilities. Second, the dilemma in overwhelmed countries like the US and Italy, where some doctors say they are forced to make a difficult decision to prioritise patients, given the dire lack of ventilators as the pandemic sees an exponential rise in cases. SHORTAGES OF PROTECTIVE MEDICAL GEAR AROUND THE WORLD The World Health Organisation (WHO) sounded the alarm in March when they warned of the coming shortages in protective gear because of high demand, hoarding and misuse. Highlighting that 89 million medical masks were needed each month alone, the WHO also emphasised production of these needs had to be accelerated by 40 per cent in order to meet growing demand. READ: Commentary: We are failing to manage the logistics of COVID-19 deaths READ: Commentary: In Singapore, laws are necessary for trickle-down policies to work The WHO has shipped over millions of masks, gowns and gloves to… Read full this story
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