As concerns continue to mount about a lack of personal protective gear for frontline workers battling COVID-19, a concerned group of Jamaicans has come together to produce masks, medical shields and ventilators locally.
The group, ‘Citizens Response JA’ includes entrepreneurs, doctors, engineers and other young Jamaicans, who are working to help address some of the challenges that the country has been facing in its response to the deadly virus.
Speaking in an interview with Irie FM News, convener of Citizens’ Response JA, Larren Peart, noted that the group was formed with the aim of providing assistance to the government in this time of crisis.
Mr. Peart explained that the face shields being provided by the group will allow health care workers to extend the life span of N95 masks, which are in short supply.
In the meantime, Mr. Peart explained that a team has begun building ventilators locally, while exploring options for allowing ventilators to be shared among patients, if needed, in a crisis.
He noted further that Citizens’ Response JA is coordinating the sewing of gowns and face masks for the country’s healthcare workers.
While noting that the group’s capacity to produce personal protective gear, such as face shields is limited at this time, Mr. Peart appealed for persons who are able to assist to make contact with the Citizens’ Response team.
He urged citizens to take the virus seriously and to get on board with the government, by doing their part to prevent the spread of COVID-19.