Director-General of the World Health Organisation (WHO) Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has called for a political commitment from leaders across the globe to resolve the shortage of Personal Protective Equipment in the face of the global coronavirus pandemic.
He was optimistic with the political commitment, the shortage would be addressed.
He attributed the shortage to short supply, closure of borders and ban on exports ”and that cannot be a solution and the solution we are proposing is to have political commitment. Through political commitment, we will increase production because there is demand mismatch. Second, we need to have free cross border mobility. Meaning we should not ban export., Third, equitable distribution is key”.
The WHO he announced is working with the International Chamber of Commerce closely to address the problem we are facing at its roots.
The world is experiencing a shortage of surgical masks and respirators.
Currently, America’s mask supply is being so rapidly depleted that even the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has suggested homemade masks.
The Guardian has also reported that paramedics in the UK who attending to people who could be infected with the coronavirus were told only one person in each team of two could wear a face mask, with the other instructed to stand two metres away from the patient if “clinically appropriate”.
The website reported that the message was sent from controllers to London Ambulance Service (LAS) crews at 3am on Tuesday, prompting paramedics to question why they were ordered to ration face masks.
The directive said “due to high call demand there is a request for crew to utilise 1x mask whilst stock is mobilised to sites.”
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