Tamuq produces face shields for QRCS to help in fight against COVID-19
Qatar's battle against the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has seen several local organizations come forward with praiseworthy initiatives.
While health authorities ensure enough medical facilities to provide adequate care for those infected with the disease, the country's local talent has risen to the challenge to produce equipment and tools to aid in the fight against the pandemic.
Last month, the Director of the Public Health Department at the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) Dr Sheikh Mohamed bin Hamad Al Thani highlighted some of Qatar Foundation's (QF) contributions in this regard.
QF's research, development and innovation centers have provided Hamad Medical Corporation with some of the equipment available to help expedite COVID-19 laboratory testing processes, the official revealed.
A little over two weeks ago, QF also announced that the Fabrication Lab – or Fab Lab - Team at Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts in Qatar (VCUarts Qatar) together with a group of fabricators and universities in the US has produced protective laser-cut face shields.
The shields, to be used by frontline healthcare professionals, serve as essential protection against the virus.
Now, in another noteworthy initiative, the Mechanical Engineering Program at Texas A&M University at Qatar (Tamuq), a Qatar Foundation (QF) partner university, has produced face shields for volunteers associated with Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS).
These volunteers and workers require more than just a surgical mask to protect themselves from contracting the virus from quarantined patients.
A team of Tamuq faculty and lab engineers examined existing designs for face shields.
After fabricating and testing a few prototypes and making design modifications, the team finalized a new design, which offers enhanced protection.
The process involved the use of advanced laser-cutting equipment and sophisticated printing equipment as well as design tools.
The face shields were then assembled, disinfected, and packaged for delivery to QRCS.
Mechanical engineering laboratories manager, Dr Yasser Al Hamidi said, "We are excited to direct our efforts and resources to support Qatar Red Crescent and other national stakeholders in dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic in Qatar. We have reconfigured one of our laboratories as an assembly and production line to be able to produce large quantities of the face shields.
"Our dedicated lab engineers are working round the clock to deliver the 1,000 face shields to Qatar Red Crescent.”
Executive Director of QRCS’s Medical Affairs Division, Abdullah Sultan al-Qatan commented, “Our volunteers and medical professionals are doing an amazing job at the quarantine and other health facilities managed by QRCS. These face shields are vital for them to be safe while taking care of the patients."
Meanwhile, health authorities in Qatar continue to implement the highest level of monitoring, detection, and management procedures to deal with the virus, the public has been advised to follow certain measures to safeguard their health.
For any queries, or concerns related to COVID-19 in Qatar, the public can contact a 24/7 hotline set up by the Ministry. The hotline number is 16000 and is toll-free.
Here's everything you need to know about the virus, including ways to protect yourself.
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