Fashion Designer manufactures PPE's to help Frontliners fight COVID-19

Fashion Designer manufactures PPE's to help Frontliners fight COVID-19

Former Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach, former Presidential sister and Queen of All Media are just the few big stars he used to design for and now that the government has declared the entire island of Luzon under enhanced community quarantine he is still using his talents for a much deserving of group of people.

Fashion designer to the country’s top celebrities Michael Leyva has has channeled talent and creativity turning his fashion studio into a shop that would manufacture much needed medical personal protective gear.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has already made a pronouncement that there is a disruption in the global supply of personal protective equipment (PPE) due to “rising demand, panic buying, hoarding and misuse,” putting the lives of our medical frontliners -doctors, nurses and other frontliners from the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) , Philippine National Police (PNP), and the different members of the local government units(LGUs).

Fashion designer Michael Leyva with his staff are making PPE's for the country's frontliners
(photo credit to owner)

Leyva and team have responded to the call to help the country’s frontliners by creating PPEs – at least 500 hazmat suits, head covers and 5,000 washable face masks have been finished so far. He is targeting to finish at least 3,000 hazmat suits in the next few days.

He said the PPE sets were designed according to DOH requirements.

“I checked some of the guidelines from the DOH – kung ano ’yung kailangan, from the zipper to where the opening and the hood should be (placed) as well as the comfort of the user – we had to consider all of that,” Leyva told The Philippine STAR.

PPE’s follows DOH requirements

Leyva sought the information from various organizations regarding the “proper way of creating the PPE so that, at least, whatever we make and provide are of good quality.”

The hazmat suit, for one, is made of non-woven, washable, waterproof fabric, which is the same material used for eco-bags.

(photo credit to owner)

Since March 24, Leyva has been distributing the PPE sets to at least eight hospitals, including facilities near his residence and studio in Antipolo City in Rizal.

Among the those institutions that were given by Leyva are the following COVID-19 referral centers such as  the University of the Philippines-General Hospital (UP-PGH) and the Lung Center of the Philippines, which have earlier sounded the alarm on its shortage of PPE supplies.

“We have been receiving more requests from other hospitals. Parang natuwa naman ’yung frontliners nung nalaman nila na kahit daw lab gown (magkaroon) sila ng Michael Leyva. We’re hoping to accommodate all of them,” he said.

Michael Leyva's staff busy creating PPE's for the country's frontliners

Leyva in the goodness of his heart is not putting any price tag for his PPE sets, “A lot of people are asking for the price like, for example, (actress) Angel Locsin because she wants to donate also to LGUs (local government units). Kaso ’di talaga siya for sale, it’s meant to be donated to the frontliners.”

He hopes more members of the fashion industry can also help in equipting our health workers in this war against the coronavirus.

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