The Australian Medical Association in WA has called an effort to secure personal protective equipment for healthcare across the state as “enormous,” as WA is set receive a large quantity of medical supplies.
AMA (WA) has applauded efforts to secure the medical supplies, stating that they “will directly help to save the lives of Western Australian health workers.”
WA has secured 90 tonnes vital medical supplies and equipment in a $160 million effort through Andrew Forrest’s Minderoo Foundation and Fortescue Metals Group (FMG).
The supplies include more than 1 million specialised N95 equivalent face masks, 400,000 surgical masts, 2.3 million medical-grade gloves, 100,000 nasal swabs, 200,000 medical coveralls, 10,000 medical goggles, 5,000 touchless thermometers and 33 ICU grade ventilators.
A series of flights later this week will deliver the equipment along with testing kits.
The AMA (WA) said the boost in equipment would have a “huge impact on the training, safety and morale of healthcare workers across the system.”
“AMA (WA) wishes to sincerely thank all those people involved in this procurement effort from Minderoo Foundation and FMG, for the benefit of the community and in collaboration with the WA and Federal Governments,” AMA (WA) President Dr Andrew Miller said.
“The relief particularly of doctors, health staff across our public and private hospitals, aged care facilities, first responders and allied health, in knowing that the State is about to receive 90 tonnes of medical supplies will be enormous.”
“On behalf of our members, the AMA (WA) wishes to sincerely thank all those people involved in this procurement effort from Minderoo Foundation and FMG, for the benefit of the community and in collaboration with the WA and Federal Governments.”
Dr Miller said it was “invaluable” to have people in China to source supplies that met Australian standards.
“This is a prime example of generosity matched in equal parts with large-scale logistical expertise by Dr Forrest, his family and the teams at Minderoo Foundation and FMG, to target an area of vital importance in our batter against COVID-19.”
He said WA was fortunate to be able secure medical supplies for its healthcare workers during the pandemic.
“Securing these medical supplies and PPE at a time when other countries are also facing the same dilemma is testament to both the tenacity, leadership and skills of the people and organisations involved,” Dr Miller said.
“Our doctors and the people they can now safely treat in coming months, will be forever grateful.”