The Government of Pakistan released a video on Thursday on Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) guidelines for doctors, paramedical staff, other healthcare workers, and sanitary workers who are on the frontlines of the pandemic.
As part of its awareness campaign against the deadly coronavirus, the video released on the official YouTube channel lays out which healthcare worker needs which PPE depending on the job they are performing.
The video specifies which job requires full-body protective gear, including N95 masks, gumboots, full-body gown, face shields or goggles, and for which jobs surgical masks and gloves would suffice.
A minimum three feet distance is advised for all healthcare workers except in situations such as examination of patients, where it cannot be implemented.
The informative video addresses a thorough range of health and sanitation workers including those in hospitals, isolation centres, houses, screening centres, and laboratories, to name a few.
The government is also set to begin a training course on PPE use from today (Friday) under its 'We Care! National Campaign for Protection and Support of Frontline Health Care Workers,' campaign.
Launching today at PIMS first training course on PPEs use under the auspices of “We Care! National Campaign for Protection and Support of Frontline Health Care Workers”. An online course which will be given to 100,000 HCWs across the country. All Hlth Ministers fully on board.— Zafar Mirza (@zfrmrza) May 15, 2020
Given the reported shortage of PPEs and reported coronavirus infections in at least 600 healthcare workers in the country, the video is crucial in its distinction for necessary PPE for all health and sanitary workers - whether in direct or indirect contact with confirmed Covid-19 patients.
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