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ORHA Donates PPE for Safe Surgery
Operation Restore Hope Australia (ORHA) has been donating and continues provide much needed PPE for our partners, patients and their families to continue both surgery and care for our special children during the pandemic. Covid-19 has highlighted the extent of the support network each little patient has within both Operation Restore Hope Australia (ORHA), our partner organisations and their families. To continue to care for our little patients, we have required Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) not only for the surgeons, anaesthetists and nurses but also for our patients and their families both pre and post operatively.
The charity began our PPE donations with face shields sourced from the US by Director Ben Mead. These were distributed to our partner medical practitioners at Las Pinas City Medical Center, Ugnayan ng Pahinungod at Philippine General Hospital and The Mijares Gurango Craniofacial Foundation operating at the Philippine Children’s Medical Center. It became clear, however, that with brave health care practitioners becoming infected and in tragic cases perishing that if surgery were to resume that much more than a face shield would be required and that we would have to safeguard not only the medicos but the patient and their support network as well.
ORHA is now funding comprehensive PPE to our partner Dr Taps Gurango and her team so that they can continue to treat and operate on our little patients as safely as possible. This includes masks, face shields, bunny suits and ventilators. This has made it possible for us to continue to collaborate and provide care to our little cleft and craniofacial patients with complex needs for ongoing care whilst maintaining the safety of our frontline healthcare workers, our patients and their families and support networks.
We applaud Dra Taps and team for their commitment, compassion and courage.
Working together we can continue to make little miracles happen.