15 Apr Mercy Ships Donates N95 Masks to help the fight against COVID
Mercy Ships is donating much needed N95 respirator masks from our main supply warehouse in America to the East Texas local healthcare and first responders in order to meet the increased need for protective equipment amid the current COVID-19 pandemic.
The N95 masks were part of our existing inventory that was being stored in our warehouse. As the Africa Mercy has had to end its field service in Senegal early due to the current COVID-19 crisis, these masks were surplus to our current requirements.
N95 masks have an expiry date for use and as we do not currently know when supply shipments will be able to leave the USA the decision was made to donate these where they could be used locally rather than allow them to go to waste.
“We recognise the dire need that our local East Texas medical and first responder communities are facing, and we are eager to share our supplies,” Mercy Ships Chief Executive Officer, Tom Stogner said. “This critical staff is on the front lines in the drive to contain the coronavirus outbreak, and we want to do whatever we can to support their lifesaving mission.”
Mercy Ships is donating the masks to the following local community healthcare facilities and first responders: the Tyler Fire Department, UT Health East Texas, Highland Park Senior Care Home Health of Longview, and Christus Trinity Mother Frances Hospital.
“We are truly blessed by this donation,” said Mark Combs, UTHET Supply Chain Operations Division Director. “And with this being a true donation we will not have to charge our centres as we distribute supplies.”
The global coronavirus pandemic has created a rapidly increasing demand for medical equipment, including respirator masks. The donated masks are part of Mercy Ships own inventory of medical supplies.
“We hope our donation will alert and inspire others to review their storage and supply chain. The need for critical protective equipment is tremendous and long-lasting and every bit of supply helps in this fight to protect and save lives,” continued Stogner.