PPE, manufacturing industries called on to support health sector

The personal protective equipment (PPE) supply chain has experienced a boost as Queensland Health stocks up on face shields to protect the community from the coronavirus.

So far, PPE and manufacturing companies have provided thousands of face masks but as the pandemic continues, the health industry will require more to avoid running out.

This includes Metro North Herston Biofabrication Institute surpassing its goal of supplying 3000 three-dimensional face shields in just five days.

Queensland Minister for Manufacturing Cameron Dick said the government is aiming for the manufacturing sector to grow with its delivery to the community during this time of need.

“If you’re a manufacturer or producer who can offer further assistance to secure or enhance the supply chain, I encourage you to contact the Department of State Development,” Dick said.

“We stand ready to help.”

With the Queensland Government having tested 58,000 people for the coronavirus and setting up to expand the number of tests, protecting health workers on the front line is essential.

Queensland Minister for Health and Ambulance Services Steven Miles said while there are currently enough PPE supplies across the state, these won’t last forever, which is why increasing local manufacturing is so important.

“Ensuring an adequate supply is the best way we can safeguard our health heroes,” Miles said.

“Our top priority is keeping our frontline doctors, nurses and clinicians healthy and safe during this time as they continue to tackle COVID-19 (coronavirus) from the frontline.”

Manufacturers keen to support Queensland Health are encouraged to get in touch via a web-link to register what they need or to provide assistance.