Two local community groups have donated supplies to the Guam Memorial Hospital to help front liners in the fight against COVID-19.
GMH Administrator Lillian Perez-Posadas says there have been times when she worried that the hospital wouldn’t have enough Personal Protective Equipment, especially since shipments can take a long time to get to Guam.
“There was one time where we burned through 1,800 masks in a couple of days because everyone was just grabbing the masks. I don’t have the exact numbers, but we burn through quite a bit. We do see quite a lot of patients coming in. We’ve admitted a total of 46 COVID-positive patients and their hospitalization can go from a couple of days to weeks,” Posadas said.
To help ease the load on the hospital, Guam Animals in Need and PPE for Guam donated supplies to the hospital.
GAIN Executive Director Alison Hadley and PPE for Guam co-founder Cyrus Luhr spoke to PNC about their donation.
“On the PPE for Guam side, we’ve created a number of face shields which are 3D-printed. We were able to drop off 150 today. We’ve made 400 so far and we’ll be dropping 100 to 200 here at GMH daily over the next week,” Luhr said.
“GAIN’s clinic is currently not functioning and we dropped off supplies that weren’t being used. We wanted to provide as much as we could to alleviate the stress on the hospital’s resources so we donated masks, gloves, disinfectants, syringes … just stuff that could benefit as much as possible so we wanted to help out as much as we could,” Alison said.
Luhr says they plan to donate more face masks and shields to front liners and anyone interested in volunteering or donating materials can go to ppeforguam.com.