The Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO) and Ontario Medical Association (OMA) are urging the provincial government to draw more attention to the production of personal protective equipment (PPE) for the frontline healthcare workers as the threat of shortage becomes real.
Healthcare workers are at high risk of exposure to the virus. Protection for both the healthcare workers and patients they care for is vital in the battle against COVID-19.
The pressing issue is the shortage of face masks. This is considered as a serious and dire situation for the frontline workers.
Last week, Premier Doug Ford put out a call to Ontario manufacturers to shift their resources to producing PPE. Just this weekend, a government website was also created to help the province and companies deal with medical shortages amidst the COVID-19 outbreak.
Facilities and individuals who might have stockpiles of PPE to donate to their local hospitals. This also includes dentists who are not engaging in emergency work and healthcare facilities with simulation labs which have briefly closed.
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