Some 21 aerosol boxes that can be used by medical frontliners to minimize their exposure to the droplets of COVID-19 patients were donated Wednesday by a group of concerned individuals in the city amidst the supply shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE).
Kenneth Buchan, an engineering student of Fullbright College who appealed for public support some days ago through Palawan News, said they turned over the aerosol boxes to the Western Command (WESCOM) and the city and provincial governments.
“Sila na ang bahalang mag-distribute sa mga hospitals. Ang main goal talaga po kasi namin is to protect our doctors na may exposure sa pasyente. Paano na lang tayo kapag pati doctor is nahawaan? Mas mahirap ‘yon,” Buchan said.
Buchan said it was a doctor at the Ospital ng Palawan (ONP) who sought help for anyone who can produce the aerosol boxes with the right measurement and design.
“Naghahanap yong isang doctor ng ONP ng mga engineer daw na puwedeng makatulong sa pag-build noon. Sila rin ang nag-send ng design at saktong sukat,” he said.
He said after their project was posted on Palawan News, support from various individuals came for them to be able to make the aerosol boxes that act as barriers to protect doctors as they perform tracheal intubation on patients.
Buchan said each aerosol box takes four hours to make — from cutting the acrylic glasses, sanding their edges, applying sealants to put the glasses together, and finalizing them.
He said their group which is composed of six volunteers, took four days to make the 21 aerosol boxes.
“Kaya maka-produce ng 344 units per day bawat tao. Iba-iba ang role, may taga-cut, sanding of acrylic edges, build, at taga-apply ng sealant,” he said.
“Fulfillment po it para sa amin ng pagiging isang mabuting mamamayan ng Palawan. Also, malaking bagay din po talaga ang tulong ng mga taong may mabuting kalooban at naging part ng project na ito. Sila talaga ang dapat pasalamatan,” Buchan added.
Robert Glass and Aluminum Supply was a big help, he said because it lent them tools to complete the aerosol boxes at the onset of the project. Engr. Ryan Malabanan was the one who guided them in coming up with the correct measurement and the design.
The donations were received from:
- Robert and Cherry Mae Lumantas, owners of Robert Glass and Aluminum Supply
- Engr. Ryan V. Malabanan, ECE
- Engr. Brian Gabayno, CpE
- Edgar Dagulo
- Joey Rendan
- Jerry Rendan
- Jules Manalon
- Noeme O. Teope
- Rizcel Toledo
- Beneva Malabanan
- Jezzierette Clyde Daquilanea
- Ivy Roberts
- Shiara Tadlas
- Erika Vergara
- Maria Aceili Paduga
- ICpEP National
- Engr. Ryan Evangelista , Chapter President, ICPEP Singapore
- Engr. Connie V Salmasan , Chapter President – ICpEP Region 4-B
- ICpEP Student Edition R4-B
- Engr. Nelson Gabayan
- Irma Princess Gabayan
- Mister Donut (Palawan Franchise) Mabelle Castro
- Alyssa Leah S. Marcaida
- Vincent Tan ~ Budget Home depot
- Jaya Shanelle Cadaguit ~ A-26 Trading and Construction