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Gulf Energy provides 100,000 KN95 medical masks for hospitals

May 13. 2020
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By The Nation

Gulf Energy Development Pcl has provided 100,000 KN95 medical masks, designed to prevent droplets and small particles, to King Chulalongkorn Memorial Hospital (KCMH).

Of these, 50,000 masks will be given to KCMH medical staff, while the remaining 50,000 will be distributed to other hospitals in need to reduce the risk of transmission and protect frontline workers against Covid-19, Sitamon Ratanavadi said on behalf of Gulf chief executive officer  Sarath Ratanavadi, 

“Gulf Group remains committed to supporting medical workers. Thus far, Gulf Group has helped various sectors improve their readiness in coping with Covid-19 and has also helped ease the difficulties of people affected by the crisis,” Sitamon said.

“There are lessons to be learned from the many countries around the world that have lifted lockdown restrictions and experienced a rise in cases. Therefore, as the government has considered easing the lockdown, coupled with the upcoming rainy season and the beginning of the school term, citizens like us must still maintain discipline and avoid complacency to keep the situation under control in the long term so that healthcare workers will not have to work too hard. Gulf group would therefore like to ask for everyone’s cooperation in demonstrating social responsibility by taking care of their health and strictly following disease prevention and control measures,” said, Boonchai Thirati, executive director of Gulf Energy.

Professor Suttipong Wacharasindhu, dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Chulalongkorn University, highlighted, “The KN95 mask is like our medical personnel’s weapon, since it not only protects us against Covid-19 but also prevents the transmission of other contagious respiratory diseases. So, even though the overall number of infections is lower, we should not drop our guard. We still have to protect against these diseases. The hospital would like to thank Gulf Group for donating these masks which will be helpful for all healthcare workers.”

Associate professor Chanchai Sittipunt, associate dean for Planning and Development, Chulalongkorn University, added, “The Covid-19 crisis has taught us how to deal with the situation and protect ourselves in advance. In the future, there will be new situations like this. We need to be cautious and protect ourselves from the beginning in case there is a new disease, not Covid-19, in the future. We are entering a new era of the “new normal”, which is a good lesson for people to give more importance to health and hygiene.”

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