UPS Japan has announced the donation of 5,250 N95 respirator masks to the Japanese Red Cross Musashino Hospital in Tokyo. The masks will help to ensure that healthcare workers at the hospital continue to have access to the necessary supplies of personal protective equipment (PPE) as they continue to fight the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.
UPS Japan has the appropriate PPE necessary to protect its employees, while also being able to donate hospital-grade protective equipment to healthcare workers to help alleviate potential future shortages in the global supply of N95 masks.
“The government’s lifting of the national State of Emergency was a hugely positive step forward in Japan’s efforts to tackle the coronavirus pandemic, however, we know that those working within the medical sector still remain at risk,” said UPS Japan President, Daryl Tay.
“On behalf of everyone at UPS Japan, I would like to thank all healthcare professionals for their incredible efforts in fighting the spread of this virus. We’re honored to be able to offer this small token of our appreciation and we’re ready to support our customers and communities as together we take the first few steps on the road to recovery.”
Dr. Namiki Izumi, Director of Japanese Red Cross Musashino Hospital, added, “We have a critical responsibility to prevent infections in hospitals and it’s extremely important for us to have a system in place to help us do so, but we continue to face challenges in securing protective equipment.
“Even when the number of patients decreases, we need to be prepared for any recurring outbreaks and we’re grateful for this generous donation from UPS as we continue our battle against this pandemic.”
Besides supplying its employees with PPE, UPS has moved to reduce the risk of spreading the infection by regularly advising staff on how to minimize exposure to the virus including through the practice of social distancing, providing the necessary supplies of PPE and implementing a contactless delivery experience by temporarily suspending requirements for customers to sign for packages.
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