Central Mindanao University, through the efforts of faculty members and staff, is helping our COVID-19 frontliners through producing DIY face shields and washable face masks, April 1.
This is in light with the rise of COVID-19 pandemic threat wherein there is a scarcity of face shields and facemasks for the healthcare workers, and frontliners.
“When the need for PPEs became evident, my wife and I observed many of our frontliners [in our area] do not have proper PPEs, so we planned to make face shields for them,” said Dr. Richard Allan R. Soliven, CMU Faculty who initiated face shield making.
According to him, he prayed for the provision, and together with Prof. May Dayanne M. Soliven, his wife and Ms. Ritchelle Mae S. Agustin, they solicited for donations for the materials that can be used for the making of face shields. “…Dr. Joy Jamago [also a faculty of CMU] donated three boxes of acetate film,” he said.
They have made 60 pieces of improvised face shields delivered to CMU Hospital, Bukidnon Provincial Hospital-ICU, and nearby quarantine checkpoints.
Their production of face shields to assist the COVID-19 frontliners continues as long as there are materials.
Likewise, on-going face shield making is conducted by the CMU-Office of Admission, Scholarship, and Placement (OASP) headed by Dr. Dennis A. Tan, OASP Director. They adopted and modified a version of a face shield, which can be moved up and down plus they used recycled plastic gallons as its base. The materials were said to be donations from select DOST Scholars, from the staff of the office, and other good Samaritans.
“As long as there is a need of PPEs and as long as we have materials to sustain the production, we would also like to continue making face shields for the frontliners, [they need support] until such time we overcome COVID-19 crisis,” Dr. Tan cited.
The CMU OASP prepares for the distribution when they reach their target quantity, which is 100 pieces of face shields. The recipients of the PPEs are the health workers of CMU Hospital, other nearby hospitals, Police and Checkpoint officers, and Brgy. Dologon, Maramag, Bukidnon.
Moreover, the College of Human Ecology of the university conducted face mask making and has sewn over 140 pieces of masks that were already forwarded to the College of Nursing for the distribution. Accordingly, the masks will be given to the CMU security guards and janitors and frontliners in the nea rby barangays.
They will also sustain the production in support of the healthcare workers and frontliners.
Other than face shields and face masks, CMU, through its Faculty Association (CMUFAI), donated three Infrared Thermo Guns to the CMU Hospital, provided financial assistance to the Office of Student Affairs (OSA) for the food supply of stranded CMU students and to the CMU Hospital for the PPEs of frontliners. (HSCañete)