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COVID-19: Savusavu Businessman Develops Respiratory Face Masks

What is called a fully functional N95 filtered respiratory mask has been locally developed by a Savusavu businessman to meet local demand in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic .
05 Apr 2020 11:43
COVID-19: Savusavu Businessman Develops Respiratory Face Masks
A functional N95 filtered respiratory mask.

What is called a fully functional N95 filtered respiratory mask has been locally developed by a Savusavu businessman to meet local demand in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic .

Guillermo Camarena, the man behind this creation, is working with the Cakaudrove Provincial office.

“I could not really move forward fast enough so I decided to try and build the modification with readily available parts that anyone in any country can with off the shelf parts,” Mr Camarena said.

“Minimum tools could do the modifications in a quick, inexpensive and simple way adaptable to most snorkel mask and easy to adapt to respiratory hoses and filters badly needed for doctors and nurses.”

Materials

“The materials used to modify the mask are made of basic PVC parts making them safe to sanitise at high heat levels.

“The mask is of good quality and they can be sanitised, but people must be careful to use the right type of full face mask.

“However, the mask retail cost is $250.”

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Supplier

“Our supplier in Miami can provide us with full face mask or send wherever needed.

“We have not tested the system in a proper hospital environment but hopefully through the assistance of the stakeholders, we may do so.

“People from the Savusavu Health Department have already had a demo and they referred us to the people in Labasa.

“We are hoping that not a single mask is needed in Fiji but as we have seen in the United States safe is better than sorry,” he said.

Mr Camarena is extremely happy with the Fijian Government’s proactive response to the coronavirus and hopes that the wearing of face mask will be made mandatory.

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