Amid COVID-19 threat, QC buys protective gear for frontline health workers

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The Quezon City government is set to distribute next week 2,500 sets of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and 3,500 N95 masks to ensure the safety of frontline health workers monitoring possible cases of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

One disposable PPE set includes goggles, N95 mask, surgical mask, gown, coverall suit, footwear protection, gloves and headcap.

Each PPE set can last for three years so it can be used as other needs arise aside from addressing the threat of COVID-19.

The Quezon City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (QCDDRMO) will receive 445 PPEs, while 300 sets each will be given to the City Health Department (CHD), Rosario Maclang Bautista General Hospital, Novaliches District Hospital and Quezon City General Hospital.

Each of the city’s 142 barangays will also receive six PPEs.

QCDDRMO head Mike Marasigan said only those with the certificate of training will be allowed to use and wear PPEs.

Mayor Joy Belmonte said Quezon City is the first local government unit to purchase PPEs for its frontliners who have to deal with persons under investigation (PUI) for possible COVID-19 infection.

“We believe it is better to be safe than sorry,” she said.