Increase in work force in companies manufacturing Personal Protective Equipments...

Increase in work force in companies manufacturing Personal Protective Equipments...

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Since, the start of the COVID-19 outbreak, prices have surged. Surgical masks have seen a sixfold increase, N95 respirators have trebled and gowns have doubled.

Based on WHO modelling, an estimated of 89 million medical masks are required for the COVID-19 response each month. For examination gloves, that figures up-to 76 million, while demand for goggles stands at 1.6 million per month.

Here's How Some of the Countries Worst Hit by Coronavirus are Dealing with Shortages of Protective Equipments for Healthcare Workers. 

The U.S.: Healthcare workers on the front lines have, in some cases, taken to creating PPE reusing existing supplies more times than the CDC recommends. Doctors, nurses, medical workers are protesting for more protection, while the New England Journal of Medicine has warned that "no matter which estimate we use, there are not enough ventilators for patients with COVID-19 in the upcoming months" in the U.S. 

ITALY: Atleast 61 Italian doctors have died after contracting the virus, with the threat to staff caused in part because of shortage of PPE. 

SPAIN: It has experienced severe PPE shortages that contributed to atleast 12,000 healthcare professionals contracting the virus, the New York Times reports.They are left with no choice but to reuse the gowns while treating the patients. This shortage of PPE all around had led to number of infections amongst medical professionals and is having a knock-on effect on the availability of medical staff. 

MALAYSIA: The world's biggest maker of medical gloves is grappling with a serious shortage of workers as it tries to meet a huge surge in demand for PPE due to coronavirus outbreak. It's top gloves manufacturer company requires up-to 700 more workers, the company told Reuters on wednesday. It has less than 15% of the supplies till date required all around the world. This had left the country with immediate requirement of more workforce to be recruited in the companies manufacturing Personal protective equipment.

INDIA: Doctors are using raincoats and helmets in place of masks, as PM Narendra Modi said the government is trying to get access to bulkshipments of PPE from South Korea and China. 

The WHO advises the use of PPE, but admits that disrupted supply chains, and hoarding of vital protective equipment needed by front line workers, has left a shortage. It has shipped atleast 500,000 PPE kits around the world, but at start of the month warned of dwindling supplies.

"Without secure supply chains, the risks to healthcare workers around the world is real. Industry and governments must act quickly to boost supplies, ease export restrictions and put measures in place to stop speculation and hoarding. We can't stop COVID-19 without protecting health workers first, " said WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

Recent WHO guidance suggests that to boost up the supplies and ramp up the production, we need atleast an increase of 40% of the current workforce in the manufacturing companies.

  1. This could be achieved by governments working for Pandemic Supply Chain Networks(along with WHO) and should develop incentives for industries and companies to hire more workforce. Also  easing restrictions on the export and distribution of PPE would help cope up with the situation.

This Pandemic is the right time to get the right equipments and people in the right place. We urge our political masters to improve the health or our healthcare .

Save the saviours !

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