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Dalhousie medical students gather protective equipment for health care workers

Students have set up a donation drive to support the effort against COVID-19.
By: Julien Dussault
April 20, 2020
Photo: Rumana Rafiq (One Dal)

In Halifax, over 30 Dalhousie University medical students have started an initiative to gather personal protective equipment (PPE) for frontline health care workers in Nova Scotia dealing with COVID-19.

Rumana Rafiq, a second-year medical student working on this initiative, said the group is looking for masks, gowns, face shields, disposable gloves and hand sanitizer, and they are calling local businesses such as construction companies and nail salons to see if they have extra protective equipment and supplies to donate. Donations from individuals are also encouraged.

Rafiq explained that the response has been surprisingly positive: “We’ve been getting so many kind people in the community reaching out with offers and every little bit does count. It’s been so great seeing the community come together and local businesses showing their support of this initiative and it just shows the support and unity we have in the community.”

The students said they are taking every precaution about physical distancing when picking up the donations and delivering them to the Nova Scotia Health Authority and other health care facilities.

“We hope things quiet down with the pandemic soon, but we’re here to continue helping as much as we can,” said Rafiq.

Anyone who would like to donate items can reach the volunteers via email at ppehalifaxdrive@gmail.com.

Source: One Dal

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