PPEs from China Safe: No Reason to Have Fear

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World Health Organization (WHO) technical consultant Dr. Yogesh Choudhri.

BY ALEX DADAMU

THERE have been concerns raised about the safety of the Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) especially facial masks donated by China recently, questioning whether it is safe to be used.

The concern was raised by a health worker during the question time of the weekly talkback show on Sunday. When replying to the concerns raised, World Health Organization (WHO) technical consultant Dr. Yogesh Choudhri made an assurance that the PPEs and facial masks supplied by china are safe to use and they are for single use only.

“We are simply not accepting used PPEs and face mask supplies and also there is no reason to believe that the PPEs by China have already been used, disinfected and send here for repeated use,” Dr. Yogesh said.

According to Secretary to the Prime Minister and a Member of the COVID-19 oversight Committee, Dr. Jimmy Rodgers, the Laboratory and Manufacturers who manufactured and supply the PPEs and facial mask have to meet World Health Organisation (WHO) standards.

“The laboratory and manufacturers who manufactured and supply the PPEs have to be recognised and listed and their products have to meet WHO standards– that shows the quality of the products they produced.”

Last week, the Chinese Embassy in Honiara donated Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) to the Ministry of Health and the Western Province.

According to a statement by the Chinese Embassy in Honiara, the donation which includes fifteen thousand (15,000) facial masks was jointly donated by Jia Shu Rong trading company, a privately owned Chinese company in the Solomon Islands, and from the Guangdong Provincial Government of China.