COVID-19: C. Java hospital produces protective gear for medical workers amid shortages

first_imgIn response to the shortage of protective health equipment for medical workers treating COVID-19 patients, the Central Java administration has independently produced its own hazmat suits that it will provide to certain medical personnel.Using spunbonded polypropylene, Moewardi General Hospital in Surakarta, Central Java, is able to produce 200 to 250 hazmat suits each day to make up for the shortage of personal protective equipment.“The lack of hazmat suits everywhere has resulted in medical personnel in some regions wearing only a raincoat. We try to innovate. The Moewardi hospital has creatively made its own hazmat suit at a more affordable price,” Central Java Governor Ganjar Pranowo said on Monday. Ganjar suggested that hospitals in Central Java contact the Central Java Health Agency for a hazmat suit.“Or if any hospitals want to make their own hazmat suits, they can learn from the Moewardi hospital,” he said.He advised the regional administration not to rely on the central government and to instead be creative in facing the COVID-19 pandemic.Contacted separately, the Moewardi General Hospital chief of services, Bambang SW, said that the hospital launched production of the suits after it faced difficulties in ordering protective suits from factories. Topics :center_img “Now we’re ready to help the other hospitals or we’ll teach them how to make a hazmat suit,” he said.The suit, Bambang said, cost Rp 50,000 (US$ 3), far below the market price of Rp 150,000.He gave assurances that the hazmat suits were made under strict standards and safety procedures, with the tailors healthy and adhering to cleanliness protocol. (aly)last_img read more

Sylvia Hatchell resigns as North Carolina women’s basketball coach

first_imgThe review looked into allegations that Hatchell displayed racial insensitivity toward players, pressured medical staff to prematurely clear injured players and was responsible for a “breakdown of connectivity” with her team.MORE: UConn’s Auriemma says majority of coaches are ‘afraid of their players’North Carolina commissioned the investigation days after The Washington Post reported complaints about Hatchell’s coaching style. UNC placed Hatchell and her staff on paid administrative leave while the review took place.Hatchell told the Daily Tar Heel earlier this month, “I love each and every one of the players I’ve coached and would do anything to encourage and support them. They are like family to me.”An attorney for Hatchell looked to push back against claims of racism by telling the News & Observer of Raleigh that Hatchell’s use of the term “hang us out to dry” was misunderstood. “There is not a racist bone in her body,” the attorney, Wade Smith, told the N&O. The review commissioned by UNC found that Hatchell “is not viewed as a racist, but her comments and subsequent response caused many in the program to believe she lacked awareness and appreciation for the effect her remarks had on those who heard them.”Hatchell, 67, is fifth on the all-time wins list with a career record of 1,023-405 in 44 seasons overall. She began coaching at UNC in 1986. She led the Tar Heels to a national championship in 1994 and two subsequent Final Four appearances.Material from Ominsport’s Bob Hille and Marc Lancaster was used in this report. Sylvia Hatchell is out as North Carolina’s women’s basketball coach after 33 seasons in Chapel Hill.UNC athletic director Bubba Cunningham announced Thursday night (as reported by Raleigh, N.C., television station WRAL) that he accepted Hatchell’s resignation after receiving the results of an outside review of Hatchell’s program. Cunningham said in a prepared statement that the review “found issues that led us to conclude that the program needed to be taken in a new direction.”last_img read more