Volunteers make PPE for healthcare frontliners

#JagaSamaDirik volunteers organising the food items to be distributed to needy families.

KUCHING: Over 500 Sarawakians across the state have banded together to produce Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for healthcare frontliners.

Apart from this, they are also distributing food to needy families during the Covid-19 pandemic and movement control order period.

The #JagaSamaDirik volunteers are fabricating 3D printed disposable face shields, head covers, boot covers and coveralls for frontliners, especially healthcare workers looking after Covid-19 patients.

“Approximately over 15,000 PPE sets are used and disposed of everyday at the Sarawak General Hospital and other Covid-19 designated treatment facilities. These include face shields, N95 masks, gloves, head covers, shoe covers and coveralls which constantly need replenishing.

“Hence, Sarawakians all over have answered the call of urgency to counter the shortage of PPE sets. We are continuously developing reusable PPE and emergency last resort medical equipment.

“The PPE sets are distributed to all Covid-19 facilities such as government hospitals, screening centres and clinics,” #JagaSamaDirik said in a statement yesterday.

The face shields made by #JagaSamaDirik volunteers.

It added that the volunteers used everyday technology such as 3D design software, 3D printers, laser cutters, fabrics, sewing machines and even glue and tapes to produce the PPE sets.

To date, more than 30,000 of PPE sets have been produced and delivered. 

At the same time, #JagaSamaDirik has also kickstarted a food donation collection and distribution to needy families.

“#JagaSamaDirik movement is encouraging the public to donate dry food such as rice, cooking oil, biscuits, instant noodles, baby milk powder, canned food, diapers, salt and/or sugar. These food donations are then packed as care packages and delivered by the respective local volunteers to families in need,” it added.

The #JagaSamaDirik movement is temporarily headquartered at SMA Creative Heritage Innovation Centre (CHIC) in Kuching and other designated spaces in Sibu, Bintulu and Miri.

The public are encouraged to send their donations in the form of food or PPE sets to their nearest centres from 9am to 3pm daily.

Drop-off point for food aid in front of SMA Creative Heritage Innovation Centre in Kuching.

Those interested to volunteer can participate by helping to do food packaging, contributing monetary support to benefactor (Old Marian Association) to buy more food and PPEs, or any means deemed beneficial to the community.

Alternatively, the public are encouraged to donate PPE as well such as 3D printed face shields, disposable sponge face shields, N95 masks and/or transparent A4 sheets to the #JagaSamaDirik movement.

All requests for food aid and raw materials for PPE are made through the #JagaSamaDirik web application at www.jagasamadirik.org.

Volunteers sort out, pack and deliver the packages through regional community representatives through the information submitted on the same web application.