Indonesia to have enough PPE as manufacturers agree to produce 17 million units: Govt

first_img“Based on the number, we are confident that the PPE supply will suffice, especially medical gowns, so we don’t have to depend on imported equipment anymore,” Wiku said at a press conference on Friday.He went on to say that the manufacturers would use two main materials, polyester and polyurethane, to produce the equipment, adding that those substances complied with World Health Organization (WHO) standards on protective equipment.Read also: COVID-19: Textile factories face hurdles as they switch to producing medical gearBoth materials would allow for the equipment to be washed numerous times and be worn by medical workers repeatedly. “Thus, the equipment could replace disposable medical gowns which have always been used by medical workers. And we have an abundant supply of both materials, too, so I think we don’t have to worry about the equipment production stopping due to a lack of raw materials,” Wiku added.Muhammad Khayam, the Industry Ministry’s chemical, pharmacy and textile director general, estimated that Indonesia’s PPE production per month would exceed demand, saying the country would only need 3 to 5 million pieces of the gear until May.“And we hope those manufacturers will distribute 5 to 10 million pieces of protective equipment at the end of April,” Khayam said in a statement. “We have also asked manufacturers to expedite their production as the spread of COVID-19 is [accelerating] in Indonesia,” he added.Since mid-February, Indonesia’s health workers, doctors and nurses have been working overtime to treat COVID-19 cases, despite many of them having inadequate personal protection. Many of the medical workers were found to have worn makeshift personal protection gear, including raincoats, in lieu of hazmat suits.Due to the woeful condition, medical workers have threatened not to treat COVID-19 patients unless the supply of protective equipment is sufficient, especially after several health workers contracted the disease – and some have died – after treating patients with the disease.Read also: Indonesia’s COVID-19 stimulus playbook explainedTo address the issue, the Indonesian Military (TNI) has been distributing protective equipment from the national warehouse at Halim Perdana Kusuma Air Base in East Jakarta since March 23. As of Thursday, as many as 300,000 pieces of equipment have been delivered to all provinces of Indonesia.Health Ministry Disease Control and Prevention Director General Achmad Yurianto said that most of the equipment, as many as 85,000 items, had been distributed to Jakarta, given that the capital was the epicenter of the disease with 971 confirmed COVID-19 cases, or 48.8 percent of the total 1,986 national cases as of Thursday.“We acknowledge that the distributed equipment is not sufficient for medical workers, and therefore we are going to purchase and distribute [more items],” Achmad said.Topics : The government is confident about the supply of personal protective equipment (PPE) for medical workers in Indonesia, given that the domestic textile and garment industry has the capacity to produce 17 million pieces per month.Wiku Adisasmito, an expert at Indonesia’s COVID-19 rapid response task force, said that number was based on the combined production capacity of 31 textile manufacturers and 2,900 garment production facilities across the country.Those manufacturers, he added, had committed to providing the gear after the Indonesian Textile Association (API) and the Indonesian Fiber and Filament Yarn Producers Association (Apsify) agreed to help the government meet domestic demand.last_img read more

EU looking to ramp-up production of COVID-19 antiviral remdesivir

first_imgGermany has only a few hundred doses of COVID-19 antiviral remdesivir, Health Minister Jens Spahn told European Union lawmakers on Monday, saying he was working to ensure the drug could be produced in Europe.The European Commission, the EU executive arm, said on Monday it was discussing ways of ramping up the production capacity of Gilead Sciences Inc, the US company that produces remdesivir, the only drug granted a conditional marketing authorization by the EU for its use in COVID-19 patients.”We do not have a huge inventory now, (it’s) a few hundred doses that we have,” Spahn said at a video-conference hearing organized by the European Parliament. Germany is the EU’s largest country and currently holds the EU presidency. Last week Spahn said Germany had sufficient reserves of remdesivir to treat the limited number of COVID-19 patients the country currently has.He said boosting the drug’s availability in Europe was not only a matter of acquiring doses from the company, but also of moving production to Europe.Concerns over the availability of the drug increased after the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) said last week it had secured nearly all supplies of remdesivir over the next three months.A spokesman for the European Commission told Reuters that on Monday the EU executive had talks with Gilead about its production capacity, but declined to elaborate as discussions were confidential. Last week Brussels said it was in talks with Gilead to obtain doses of remdesivir for the 27 European Union countries.Spahn urged Gilead to guarantee sufficient supplies to Europe.”We expect from an international company like Gilead that you cannot just wish for access to the EU market and high prices for other products. I also expect supplies to Europe and into the European Union,” he told lawmakers.Spahn said he had discussed the matter with the US health secretary and with Gilead.France’s drugs regulator told Reuters on Monday it had taken steps with Gilead to obtain sufficient doses of remdesivir.The Netherlands’ health ministry said the country had sufficient doses of the drug at the moment, and Gilead had agreed to increase supplies in the near future. Topics :last_img read more

Who are the 31 NHL teams’ head coaches for the 2019-20 season?

first_imgThe coaching carousel is a precarious ride at the best of times, and this season has already seen several NHL head coaches replaced.Five teams have parted ways with their bench bosses this season, but only three of those came as a direct result of poor play — allegations of physical and verbal abuse cost Bill Peters his job in Calgary and the Dallas Stars terminated Jim Montgomery’s contract under mysterious circumstances. On the flip side, Tampa Bay’s Jon Cooper is the longest-serving head coach in the NHL, having been with the Lightning since March 2013.TeamCoachPrevious coachBoston BruinsBruce CassidyClaude Julien (2007-17)Buffalo SabresRalph KruegerPhil Housley (2017-19)Carolina HurricanesRod Brind’AmourBill Peters (2014-18)Columbus Blue JacketsJohn TortorellaTodd Richards (2012-15)Detroit Red WingsJeff BlashillMike Babcock (2005-15)Florida PanthersJoel QuennevilleBob Boughner (2017-19)Montreal CanadiensClaude JulienMichel Therrien (2012-17)New Jersey DevilsAlain Nasreddine*John Hynes (2015-19)New York IslandersBarry TrotzDoug Weight (2017-18)New York RangersDavid QuinnAlain Vigneault (2013-18)Ottawa SenatorsD. J. SmithMarc Crawford* (2018)Philadelphia FlyersAlain VigneaultScott Gordon* (2018-19)Pittsburgh PenguinsMike SullivanMike Johnston (2014-15)Tampa Bay LightningJon CooperGuy Boucher (2010-13)Toronto Maple LeafsSheldon KeefeMike Babcock (2015-19)Washington CapitalsTodd ReirdenBarry Trotz (2014-18)Western ConferenceThe West has certainly been the more volatile of the two conferences from a head coaching perspective. Peters, Montgomery and DeBoer all left their former teams within a 12-day span.TeamCoachPrevious coachAnaheim DucksDallas EakinsRandy Carlyle (2016-19)Arizona CoyotesRick TocchetDave Tippett (2009-17)Calgary FlamesGeoff Ward*Bill Peters (2018-19)Chicago BlackhawksJeremy CollitonJoel Quenneville (2008-18)Colorado AvalancheJared BednarPatrick Roy (2013-16)Dallas StarsRick Bowness*Jim Montgomery (2018-19)Edmonton OilersDave TippettKen Hitchcock (2018-19)Los Angeles KingsTodd McLellanWillie Desjardins* (2018-19)Minnesota WildBruce BoudreauJohn Torchetti* (2016)Nashville PredatorsPeter LavioletteBarry Trotz (1998-2014)San Jose SharksBob Boughner*Peter DeBoer (2015-19)St. Louis BluesCraig BerubeMike Yeo (2017-18)Vancouver CanucksTravis GreenWillie Desjardins (2014-17)Vegas Golden KnightsGerard Gallant—Winnipeg JetsPaul MauriceClaude Noel (2011-14)* Denotes interim head coach Whatever the case, five coaching changes by early December is a substantial amount of movement.FIRED: Mike Babcock | Bill Peters | John Hynes | Jim Montgomery | Peter DeBoerKeeping track of all 31 current NHL head coaches is a tough task, but Sporting News is up to the challenge. Listed below is each team’s current bench boss, plus their predecessors.Eastern ConferenceTwo of the five coaching changes have come from the East, although Babcock’s split from the Toronto Maple Leafs on November 20 got the proverbial ball rolling for the rest of the league.last_img read more