Face mask projects gaining momentum

Lyna Mohamad

The Wear Face Mask Project has received encouraging response from donors, especially the community in Tutong District. Since the project was implemented, there have been six donation events.

This was disclosed by Acting Tutong District Officer Ajmin bin Haji Meludin at a handover ceremony at the former Tutong District Office building in Pekan Tutong yesterday.

He highlighted that the initiative not only serves to raise awareness in the Tutong community, but also the public on the need to wear face masks when going outdoors and public spaces during the second wave of the outbreak.

It is hoped that the project will further instil a sense of responsibility in the community to adhere to the standard operating procedures from the Ministry of Health (MoH) to reduce the virus spread in the Sultanate. The Tutong Tiong Hwa community donated 70,000 pieces of face masks, 20,000 pieces of gloves and 1,500 units of face shields at the handover ceremony yesterday, led by its President Soon Seng Lee.

Tiong Hwa community member Ah Sing said the community in the district has stepped forward to support the initiative in efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19.

Tutong Tiong Hwa community representatives with Acting Tutong District Officer Ajmin bin Haji Meludin. PHOTO: LYNA MOHAMAD

“We came together with the objective of getting the residents to wear face masks when going out while ensuring a sufficient supply of personal protective equipment for frontliners and volunteers in the district.”

Following the handover, the Acting Tutong District Officer distributed the items to representatives from the Pengiran Muda Mahkota Pengiran Muda Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah Hospital, Tutong National Isolation Centre, COVID Holding Area Mahad (CHAM), the district’s Vaccination Centre and the Tutong Dialysis Centre.

A collaboration between the Tutong District Office, Tutong Development and Creative Body, Tutong District Volunteers and the Tutong IMPAK Youth Movement, the initiative runs under the strategy ‘Keep Us Safe, Keep Everyone Safe’ with three main objectives:

The first is the Face Mask Wear Campaign, to raise awareness in the community on the obligation of wearing a face mask.

Secondly, the Face Mask Donation Drive, which is to distribute face masks to communities in need, including the frontliners.

Thirdly, establish a face mask drop-off Point as a centre to receive donations.

To date, over 1,200 face masks have been distributed to the public through the Wear Face Mask Wear campaign.

Those wishing to contribute a face mask can donate it at the drop-off point at the Old Tutong District Office building in Pekan Tutong from 9am to 2pm, or call 8836893 or 7372043.