Social activist comes forward to provide PPE kits to nurses

Tribune News Service

Amritsar, March 8

Social activist Mandeep Singh Manna has set an example by providing personal protective equipment (PPE) kits to staff nurses of Government Medical College here after they complained that the authorities were indifferent towards their safety.

Manna who had earlier distributed ration to the needy in city said, “As I heard shortage of PPE kits for the nurses who are prone to risk of virus infection, we decided to do something in this regard.” He said on the first day they could not arrange PPE kits and provided N93 masks which were available in market.

Next day we arranged N95 masks and some PPE kits which were provided to nurses who were performing their duties at isolation and emergency wards. “We cannot win this battle against coronavirus unless our frontline workers feel secure,” he said.

Manna said it was the duty of the government to make all arrangements on the very first day but it failed miserably. The nurses had earlier complained that PPE kits were being provided to those working in isolation and emergency areas. But later it also started providing safety kits to isolation ward too.

Manna said only 11 kits were required in emergency and they have ordered for 50 kits. In an appeal to the public, Manna said, “The city has many philanthropists and they should focus on providing medical equipment because if health workers fall ill, no one will be there to treat general public.”

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