After mass production in the last few days, Syiah Kuala University (Unsyiah) began distributing hundreds of face shields or face shields to medical personnel in various hospitals and health centers in Aceh. This distribution is done by symbolically handing face shields to representatives of the medical team at the Unsyiah Rectorate Building, Thursday (04/09/2020).
Unsyiah Rector, Prof. Dr. Ir. Samsul Rizal, M.Eng. IPU said hundreds of face shields were distributed to the medical team at Banda Aceh Hospital, Prince Nayef Unsyiah Hospital, Tgk Chik Ditiro Sigli Regional Hospital, and Darussalam Health Center. In addition, face shields were also distributed to the five Chairperson of Study Programs (KPS) who oversees the Unsyiah Specialist Education Program (PPDS), namely anesthesiology, heart, neurology, pulmonology, to obgin who have been serving in RSUZA.
According to Prof. Samsul, the surrender of face shield is part of Unsyiah's devotion in the health sector of Aceh, which is currently struggling to deal with the spread of the Covid-19 outbreak. Unsyiah was called to be actively involved in the role of breaking the chain of transmission of the virus.
"We hope that this face shield can help the medical team protect themselves while working on corona patients." said Prof. Samsul.
Until now, Unsyiah has produced hundreds of face shields involving students majoring in mechanical and industrial engineering. According to the Chancellor, this production amount will continue to increase according to the needs of the medical team. If it is still needed, Unsyiah will continue to produce face shields to meet the needs of hospitals in Aceh. Especially at this time, face shields are increasingly difficult to find on the market. The Chancellor also promised Unsyiah will continue to do everything possible to help the medical team and the government in tackling the covid-19 outbreak.
Meanwhile, the Director of RSUZA, Dr. dr. Azharuddin Sp. OT K-Spine FICS appreciates the steps taken by Unsyiah. According to him, this face shield assistance really helped the RSUZA medical team in dealing with patients.
"We were touched with the help of Unsyiah. No matter how small the help we get, this is very important in maintaining the medical team which is the front guard, "he said.
Azharuddin also said that until now there had been no additional positive cases of corona in Aceh. But this situation should not make people complacent. Vigilance and attitude of self-care are still needed in accordance with the government's request. (Unsyiah PR / fer)