Face masks donated – thank you!

16 April 2020

New face masks donated for the nurses and doctors at Otara testing station.

South Seas Healthcare would like to extend a huge thank you to Senior Constable Piho Tuaiti and Constable Paul Bray from Ormiston police station for dropping off essential masks that were donated by the Buddhist temple at Flat Bush for frontline health workers at the Otara testing station.

The use of adequate protective equipment for frontline staff is crucial in preventing the spread of the virus and reduces the spread of infection. This is recommended in testing stations where the frontline health workers are more likely to come in contact with the disease.

The advice to our families remains the same.

Basic hygiene is the most important way to stop the spread of infections. Washing hands regularly with soap and water, or cleansing with hand sanitiser and dry ing them thoroughly is crucial. Cough or sneeze into a tissue or your crooked elbow and then perform hand hygiene measures and clean all household surfaces regularly.

If a patient prefers to have a face mask and chooses to wear one, we remind them when removing it to avoid touching the front of the mask. If the mask has ties, untie the bottom first, then the top tie. Discard the mask, don’t use it again. Wash hands with soap and water and dry hands thoroughly or use hand sanitiser immediately after removing the mask.

The face mask should be changed regularly (at least once every hour) and whenever it gets wet or dirty. This is consistent with the advice from the World Health Organisation not to reuse single-use masks. Replace masks as soon as they become damp with a new clean, dry mask. Discard single-use masks after each use and dispose of them immediately upon removal.

The frontline workers at the Otara testing station extend their message of thanks and well wishes to the Buddhist temple for donating the masks to help South Auckland communities fight against the pandemic.

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