Dhaka University’s fine arts faculty held a workshop on Saturday at the campus on how to make head shields for doctors who have been treating coronavirus patients.
Seven young doctors from Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University participated in the workshop conducted by dean of the faculty Nisar Hossain with support from two students — Shahabuddin Shahid and Tanvir Mahmud.
Nisar Hossian said that the workshop was organised in association with BSSMU, who asked for assistance in making head shields for doctors.
‘We submitted many designs earlier from which they selected one after much experiment. We trained them to make that vetted model of head shield, which is necessary for doctors working in close proximity with coronavirus infected patients,’ said Nisar Hossian.
‘We provided necessary training to the doctors so that they could make head shields by themselves. We have been working for the last 15 days to make reusable PPEs and shoe guards following the World Health Organisations directives,’ Nisar Hossain added.
‘We have also given BGMEA USD 15,000 to buy the cloths for making PPE,’ mentioned Nisar Hossain.
He also shared that DU fine arts faculty has given 1,585 PPEs to BSSMU with the financial support of the artists and affluent art connoisseurs. BGMEA vice-president Moshiul Azam Shajal and 4-A Yarn Dyeing Limited supported in manufacturing the PPEs.
Mohammad Masudur Rahman, resident doctor of child division at BSSMU, also a participant said, ‘We have received training from the faculty of fine arts of Dhaka University dean Nisar Hossain. The faculty also helped us by providing raw materials to make head shields. We have made 50 head shields on Saturday and 150 on Sunday.’
‘If we buy the product from the market, one head shield will cost TK450-500. But if we make those ourselves it will cost between TK 25-30 to make each shield. The idea was proposed by Nisar Hossain,’ said Mohammad Masudur Rahman.
Since the first COVID-19 case was confirmed in the country on March 8, a total of 88 people were found infected by IEDCR and 9 have died till Sunday.
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