The World Health Organization (WHO) has lamented the scarcity of face masks and other personal protective equipment (PPE) all over the world, which are used for protective measures against coronavirus all.
According to the director-general of World Health Organization, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, who warned on Friday, there is a chronic shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE), while the prices of the equipment have hyped over 20 times the usual price.
Tedros who spoke to the WHO’s executive board in Geneva said:
“The world is facing a chronic shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE).”
“There are now depleted stockpiles and backlogs of four to six months. Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient to meet the needs of WHO and our partners,” “There is a moral issue here.”
Tedros emphasized that the cause of shortage and hype in price is due to the fact that the equipment are being used by people who are neither medical staff of patients of coronavirus.
According to reports, he, however, spoke to a supply chain group of producers and distributors, commending the companies who made the pact to sell PPE to only medical staffs.
“There is limited stock of PPE and we need to make sure we get it to the people who need it most in the places that need it most,” he said, warning against “stockpiling of PPE in countries and areas where transmission is low”.