Front line workers are now getting the access they need to protective equipment, all thanks to a local family physician.
Dr. Sarah Rinaldi has created the covidhealth.ca website to prepare for a massive shortage in protective equipment for healthcare workers.
The initiative is already helping protect healthcare workers across Waterloo Region.
Neil Naik, Chair of the Primary Care Council for Kitchener-Waterloo-Wellesley-Wilmot-Woolwich, tells the Mike Farwell Show on 570 NEWS there's been a huge amount of day-to-day progress.
“I’m seeing a community get together. I’m seeing local manufacturers scaling up. I’m seeing the governments say ‘okay we want you, we want your help.’ We’re getting approvals – for instance I’m working with InkSmith here to help get masks made. We have Dr. Sarah Rinaldi and Robert Rinaldi making covidhealth.ca and we’re getting volunteers coming in, donations coming in.”
He says it is great to see the community coming together in many ways to help.
“We are launching a personal protective equipment drive on Monday so that we can get community donations – but we are getting donations already. So every time we go to our distribution hub, I see more and more items. It’s incredible. It’s not just our community. I think we are starting to see that in fact – we’re a much larger community. We’re seeing donations coming in from Ottawa.”
Naik says the goal of covidhealth.ca is to equip front line medical staff with what they need to take down the virus.
“Personal protective equipment is how we’re going to protect front line staff and covidhealth.ca is going to be the way that we bring in help and segregate it amongst the different team leads that we have. So we have team leads dealing with gowns, we have team leads dealing with hand sanitizers, we have team leads dealing with – you name it. What we need.”
He says it is important to keep our front-line healthcare workers healthy because if they get sick, it can add pressure to an already stressed out healthcare system.