PPE Equipment Shortage Triggers Call for Community to Help

March 20, 2020, 6:37 PM HST · Updated March 21, 8:27 AM
Meteorologist Malika Dudley · 0 Comments

Dr. Irene Papaconstadopoulos shares her concern that healthcare workers and first responders will run out of PPE (Personal Protective Equipment). The Kahului pediatrician is asking for the public’s help. Donations of N95 masks, sanitizer and other PPE equipment could help. She asks anyone who has extra equipment to call the hospital or doctor’s office ahead of time before dropping the supplies off. Some hospitals on the continent have run out of masks and are using bandanas and other sewn masks. Dr. Papaconstadopoulos says the CDC guidelines allow healthcare providers to use this type of “equipment” if they have no other choice. Please watch the video above to learn more.

Dr. Irene Papaconstadopoulos

Meteorologist Malika Dudley
Malika was born and raised in Hilo. She began her career in news at KGMB9 in 2007. As a part of the Hawaii News Now weather team, Malika was nominated for two Emmy Awards for excellence in weather reporting and won the prestigious Edward R. Murrow Journalism Award for her reporting on Hawaii’s tsunami damage in 2011. In 2019, Malika was recognized by the Society of Professional Journalists Hawaii Chapter in the category of Science Reporting for her Big Island Now news report on what was happening beneath the sea surface at the ocean entry of the Puna lava flow.  

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