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

GSA boys’ basketball team rolls over Schenck in Class C North semifinal

first_img Bio Part 2: When the injury is inside your head, some “don’t get it” – July 26, 2016 Part 1: Invisible, incapacitating concussions are sidelining high school athletes – July 19, 2016 Taylor VorthermsSports Editor at The Ellsworth AmericanTaylor Vortherms covers sports in Hancock County. The St. Louis, Missouri native recently graduated from the Missouri School of Journalism and joined The Ellsworth American in 2013. EHS names new boys’ soccer coach – July 13, 2016center_img GSA Senior Nick Szwez goes up against a Schenck defender in Friday night’s Class C North semifinal win. PHOTO BY TIM SUELLENTROPBANGOR – The George Stevens Academy boys’ basketball team rolled over Schenck in Friday night’s Class C North semifinal at the Cross Insurance Center.The top-seeded GSA Eagles beat the No. 5 Schenck Wolverines 68-39 to advance to Saturday’s Northern Maine championship against Bucksport.Four GSA players scored in double digits. Taylor Schildroth paced the Eagles with 19 points, Nick Szwez added 16, Jarrod Chase had 12 and Max Mattson contributed 10.Christopher King gave Schenck a short-lived 1-0 lead, scoring the first point of the game from the free throw line.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textChase put GSA on the board when he converted on a rebound two minutes into the game, which Szwez followed with a field goal for the Eagles.With five minutes left in the opening quarter, Kody Pelletier hit a 3-pointer for the Wolverines to tie the score 4-4. They would never close the gap again.GSA ended the period up 14-8, with Chase scoring half of those points.The Eagles pulled away in the second quarter, outscoring the Wolverines 19-8 for a 33-16 halftime lead. Schildroth found his groove that period and put up eight points – including two 3-pointers.The Eagles scored another 20 points in the third quarter to enter the final period up 53-28. They sustained a comfortable lead until the end.Justin Thompson led Hodgdon with a game-high 22 points.View more photos from the game here.GSA’s Taylor Schildroth drives in for an acrobatic layup in Friday night’s win over Schenck in the Class C North semifinal. PHOTO BY TIM SUELLENTROP Latest Posts Latest posts by Taylor Vortherms (see all)last_img read more

October award for Fergie and Mata

first_imgSir Alex Ferguson and Juan Mata have been named Premier League manager and player of the month respectively for October.Manchester United went on an unbeaten run in October, scoring ten goals as they defeated Newcastle, Stoke and Chelsea, and Ferguson has been honoured, the 27th time he has claimed the monthly prize.News of his award came on the 26th anniversary of his appointment as Manchester United manager and he was delighted to pick up the honour.“We’ve got a great set-up here, I’ve got great staff, and the players of course – they are the reason I’m getting this award. There is no question about that, so I am very pleased,” Ferguson commented.Mata, meanwhile, scored three goals for Chelsea during the month and set-up another three to keep the Blues’ title hopes alive.“My main job is to assist not to score, but of course the best feeling if you are a football player is scoring goals, so this month has been very good for me,” Mata, who was named Player of the Month for the first time, said.last_img read more