KUALA LUMPUR, 23 March 2020: PLASTICS manufacturers are stepping up to donate and supply hospitals and their frontliners with plastic items to respond to the shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) due to the widespread Covid-19 outbreak.
The Malaysian Plastics Manufacturers Association (MPMA) has organised a donation drive among its members, calling on them to give what they can to hospitals facing shortages of disposables, including mineral water, face shields, aprons, gowns, shoe or ankle covers, bottles and goggles.
MPMA members have already donated 15,000 plastic aprons for doctors, nurses and hospital staff to use and will be donating more in days to come.
“We are looking at sourcing longer plastic aprons that are better-suited for medical frontliners. In the meantime, our members are providing plastic sheeting for the frontliners to repurpose as they need,” said Datuk Lim Kok Boon, MPMA’s president.
The donated plastic sheeting can be used as temporary barriers or curtains in the hospitals, as well as disposable protective covering for medical staff.
“As plastics is a critical sector, we are determined to do whatever we can to help the nation’s fight against the Covid-19 outbreak,” Lim said. “We must protect the frontliners in our battle against this disease.”