Donations flow in for COVID-19 fight

Jerudong International School

Aziz Idris

A total of 100 do-it-yourself (DIY) face shields, designed and produced by teachers from Jerudong International School (JIS), were officially handed over to the Ministry of Health (MoH) yesterday.

Minister of Health Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohammad Isham bin Haji Jaafar received the donations from JIS Principal Nicholas Sheehan, witnessed by Head of Design and Technology Department at JIS Richard Gillam.

The reusable face shields are expected to be used by healthcare workers at Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha (RIPAS) Hospital and the National Isolation Centre in Tutong.

In an interview with the Bulletin, Sheehan said the school sought guidance from a JIS parent and Consultant Paediatric Ophthalmologist Dr Helena Hurairah on the design of the face shield.

Several prototypes were produced before they agreed on the fifth and final version. Among the adjustments made included adding a foam pad to give extra comfort in prolonged use.

JIS Principal Nicholas Sheehan (C) presents the face shields to Minister of Health Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham bin Haji Jaafar while Head of Design and Technology Department at JIS Richard Gillam looks on. PHOTO: AZIZ IDRIS

“The best part is,” he said, “the masks are reusable.”

Sheehan said the school plans to produce 100 more face shields in the coming weeks by involving JIS students.

“We have enough material to produce 100 more face shields. From the feedback we’ve got from the paediatrict point of view, we plan to also produce a child-friendly version,” he said.

Meanwhile, the teachers have shared their design with fellow design and technology teachers all over the world in the hope that they too can help their communities.

Sheehan expressed hope that the school has made a contribution, and in doing so, inspired students and the public, who have access to supplies, to do the same.

Muara Maritime Services, Micronet, Qasya Diagnostic, Millimewah, TGT, Rekayasa Innovasi, Hanafi Konsultan, H Sky Trading Company, Hindi Welfare Board & BKSS

Syazwani Hj Rosli

The Ministry of Health (MoH) yesterday received cash donations and essential items from a number of companies and organisations in their effort to assist the country in battling the COVID-19 outbreak.

Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Health Haji Abdul Manap bin Othman and Acting Director of Healthcare Technological Services received the contributions on behalf of the MoH.

Cash donations were made by Muara Maritime Services at BND50,000, Micronet International College at BND30,000, Qasya Diagnostic at BND20,000 along with 100 COVID-19 test kits, Millimewah Group of Companies at BND20,000, TGT Sdn Bhd at BND20,000, Rekayasa Innovasi Sdn Bhd at BND15,000, Hanafi Konsultan at BND5,000, H Sky Trading Company at BND5,000, Hindi Welfare Board at BND5,000 and Koperasi Berkat Kerjakaras Semua Sanang (BKSS) at BND5,000.

Mashor Group of Companies, meanwhile, contributed an assortment of essential items including 170 pizzas, two boxes of Nescafe coffee, two boxes of Milo drink mix, three boxes of tissue paper, 10 boxes of instant noodles, six boxes of biscuits, 32 boxes of bottled water and 30 boxes of electrolyte drinks.

ABOVE & BELOW: Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Health Haji Abdul Manap bin Othman receives mock cheques from Muara Maritime Services and Micronet International College. PHOTOS: BAHYIAH BAKIR

The Permanent Secretary receives the donations from Qasya Diagnostic and Hanafi Konsultan
ABOVE & BELOW: The Permanent Secretary receives mock cheques from TGT Sdn Bhd and Millimewah Group of Companies