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Samaritan’s Purse Donates Masks to Local Hospital

Our Disaster Relief Team donated 8,000 N95 face masks to Westmead Children’s Hospital, NSW on April 9.

The masks will be used by the hospital, cleaning and medical staff to protect themselves as they continue treating young patients amidst the coronavirus outbreak.

“We are so thankful, so grateful for these masks. The N95 masks are a vital piece of equipment to make sure that we’re safe when we’re caring for patients during this worldwide pandemic,” said Maricel, Nurse at Westmead Children’s Hospital.

COVID-19 has instigated a new level of caution, care and preparation across the hospital. “There’s a lot of preparation happening to ensure the safety of our staff, patients and their parents. Everyone’s safety is our priority,” said Maricel.

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The masks were initially provided by Direct Relief and distributed by Samaritan’s Purse during our bushfires response in Bairnsdale, VIC and Batemans Bay, NSW. As the team transitions to respond to the coronavirus pandemic, the masks will help the hospital staff in this unprecedented time.

“We are happy to donate these respiratory masks to Westmead Children’s Hospital at the recommendation of the NSW Ministry of Health.  Samaritan’s Purse wanted the supplies to go where the need was the greatest,  so we’re happy these masks have gone to the brave frontline healthcare workers who are fighting this virus on a daily basis,” said Dan Stephens, Samaritan’s Purse Disaster Response Manager Australia and New Zealand.

Please pray for all those who are suffering from the virus, and for our team and healthcare providers who are fighting on the front lines of the coronavirus.

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