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Although Alberta was able to continue providing personal protective equipment for healthcare workers – although the quality of some supplies from new international manufacturers has been criticized by frontline workers – Shandro said it was a important step to produce high quality masks locally.
As the province braced itself for the worst, the Bits and Pieces program was launched to allow concerned citizens and others to donate PPE for ASF to distribute to hospitals, continuing care homes, and to other families. ‘other front-line services. One of the companies that answered the call was Orpyx, Shandro said.
The masks have undergone “rigorous” testing, according to the health minister, and have been approved by testing groups of frontline workers. They are intended to complement the existing offer of international suppliers.
“COVID-19 remains a very real threat in our province, as well as in our country, but we, here in Alberta, continue to rise to the challenge,” said Shandro.
AHS has become the sole supplier of PPE to many groups and organizations across the province, according to Nicholas Thain, AHS Calgary area chief operating officer.
Jobs, Economy and Innovation Minister Doug Schweitzer said many would not even have thought of personal protective equipment as a business opportunity in the province before the pandemic.
“Initiatives like this are so important for us to have stable supply chains and continue to be a leader in the country when it comes to innovation, finding new opportunities and how we can be at the forefront to take care of each other, ”he said. .
The collaboration needed to adapt during this difficult time leaves more room for innovation, said Dr. Breanne Everett, CEO of Orpyx Medical Technologies Inc.
“It has produced this growing group of Albertans who are able to make a very significant contribution to fighting this global pandemic and ultimately defeating it,” Everett said.