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DOST provides 11k+ face shields to high-risk areas; supports other COVID-19 projects

By MYRRH CAITHLIN L. GUTIERREZ and ROCHELLE L. CRUZ

WITH the rising numbers of COVID-19 positive patients, there is also a rising need for more personal protective equipment (PPEs) such as face shields for our frontliners. In response to this need, DOST-CALABARZON continuously provides municipalities, cities, and quarantine sites with face shields, face masks, and overall safety gown suits.

As of August 3, 2020, DOST-CALABARZON has distributed a total of 11,345 face shields to the whole of CALABARZON. The five Provincial S&T Centers (PSTCs) have been on the frontline in coordinating and administering the distribution of the face shields to 3,650 recipients in Cavite, 3,695 recipients in Laguna, 1,950 recipients in Batangas, 1,150 recipients in Rizal, and 900 recipients in Quezon.

The beneficiaries were all grateful for the support DOST has given. The Rural Health Unit of Tingloy, Batangas expressed their overwhelming gratitude as they have very limited resources prior to the distribution. They were also not expecting the face shields since there is very limited transportation to the island. 

The distributed face shields were produced by DOST-Metals Industry Research and Development Center (MIRDC) for CALABARZON frontline workers. DOST-MIRDC utilized their 3D printers this pandemic by mass producing face shields and gave 20,000 face shields to DOST-CALABARZON for distribution.

DOST-CALABARZON prioritizes distributing to quarantine sites, hospitals, municipalities, and cities specifically to the PNP and rural health units, and those places with a high number of COVID-19 cases.

In addition, DOST-CALABARZON has recently provided 66pcs K95 face masks and 120pcs face shields made by DOST-LSPU Ideation, Design, and Development laboratory to Sta. Rosa City Health Office as part of its continuous assistance to the on-going VCO clinical study in Sta. Rosa City.

Another 50pcs of DOST-LSPU IDD laboratory face shields and 50pcs of overall safety gown suits were donated to the Task Force Anti COVID-19 Command Center of LGU-Cabuyao while the St. Jude Family Hospital in Los Baños, Laguna received 50 sets of overall safety gown suits and 50pcs face shields.

Aside from the face shield distribution, other efforts done by the agency during this pandemic are implementation and participation on DOST projects to combat COVID-19, conduct of online seminars to continuously support the DOST-assisted MSMEs, and provision of PPEs developed by the DOST-LSPU IDD laboratory.

DOST-CALABARZON also leads in the deployment of the RxBox units for telemetry monitoring with the UP-PGH and Regions NCR and VIII (Central Visayas) as the first and second batch of recipients. These two regions were prioritized due to the huge number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in these areas. The healthcare facilities from other regions will soon be deployed with RxBox units also.

DOST-CALABARZON is also one of the agency partners on the on-going VCO clinical study for suspected and probable COVID-19 cases in Sta. Rosa, Laguna in-charge of the coordination with the partner riders on the delivery of the food to the study participants who are home quarantined and weekly monitoring of the discharged patients.

All these and more are geared towards using science, technology, and innovation in providing support and solutions to the Filipino people.|-BNN