Ammo for Covid-19 war

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  • Sunday, 12 Apr 2020

BOOT covers are being supplied to frontliners to protect their feet from being exposed to viruses through blood, fluid, or air containing biological hazards.

Produced by Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia (UTHM) using plastic materials, rubber and masking tape, the boots were tested first to ensure its durability and smoothness.

Thank you: Face shields for our hospitals.Thank you: Face shields for our hospitals.

In just four days, 50 pairs were sent to Hospital Sultan Ismail and Hospital Sultanah Aminah in Johor.

The advantages of the covers are that they’re made from readily available materials, the production process is simple, and they are practical to use, said project leader Prof Dr Kamarul-Azhar Kamarudin.

The varsity has also been producing intubation boxes.

Their technical solutions team, comprising 10 researchers, sent a prototype to Enche’ Besar Hajjah Khalsom Hospital, Kluang, on March 30.

Project leader Dr Wan Saiful-Islam Wan Salim said the prototype was carefully tested by the hospital and his team received positive feedback and suggestions for improvements that will be introduced soon.

In Sarawak, Curtin University Malaysia’s (Curtin Malaysia) engineering students are working to mass-produce 3D-printed face shields for hospital frontliners.

Production began on March 26 and so far, over 600 have been donated to the Miri General Hospital.

Project coordinators Leong Yuh Chyi and Kee Lek Yang said the target is to produce 1,000 face shields for hospitals in Miri and another 4,000 for other hospitals in the state.

“With the coronavirus pandemic and local hospitals facing problems in getting supplies of face shields, we saw an opportunity to put our varsity’s 3D printers and laser cutters to good use,” Yuh Chyi said.

“We’re not alone in contributing. Many others throughout Malaysia are doing the same.

“It’s amazing to see people of different races and backgrounds working together to support the frontliners and the community,” said Lek Yang.

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