Masks for medics arrive and suits delivered next

Top News | Stella Zhai 20 Feb 2020

Stella Zhai

More medical equipment procured by tycoon Li Ka-shing and his foundation has arrived in Hong Kong as Hengan International pledges to provide female hygiene products for frontline medics in Hubei for free.

"The first batch of N95 surgical masks for Hong Kong medical workers has arrived," the Li Ka Shing Foundation said on Facebook yesterday, adding it will distribute them through the Hospital Authority.

Li had reportedly also purchased more than 5,000 sets of protective suits from New Zealand for the SAR's frontline medical workers.

The foundation said on Monday that the first shipment of protective gear and supplies it sourced from worldwide was successfully purchased.

It thanked the department of microbiology and immunology at Dalhousie University in Canada for its support as well as the United Arab Emirates for donating N95 masks.

The foundation will distribute 250,000 face masks to 13 social welfare organizations and six elderly homes, it added.

The target beneficiaries include low-income patients and their caretakers, children with cancer and their parents, persons with disabilities or undergoing rehabilitation, grassroots communities, elderly living alone and the volunteers who support them, as well as elderly in nursing homes and their caretakers, the foundation said, stressing the names of organizations will not be disclosed to avoid a strain on their resources.

The news came after the Hospital Authority pointed out that its protective equipment has been running low.

Earlier this month, Li also donated HK$100 million to support medical staff in Wuhan.

Maxim's Caterers, meanwhile, pledged to donate 100,000 masks, 40,000 meal vouchers and a batch of food to local food rescue and assistance program Food Angel, which said the supplies will be distributed to beneficiaries through more than 70 charitable institutions.

Hengan International's vice chairman and chief executive Xu Lianjie committed to providing female medics in Hubei with 2.8 million sanitary napkins and 110,000 adult diapers per month, which will be delivered from its factory in Xiaogan, Hubei, to major hospitals until the epidemic ends.

The company has also introduced five new product lines that are expected to produce 500,000 masks per day.

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