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Million milestone as vital equipment protects frontline staff

12 June 2020

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3 nurses wearing PPE.

Over a million items of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) have been distributed across the borough of Rochdale to support frontline care staff during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

The huge supply of PPE has formed a key part of the council's proactive operation to protect local care homes and help to stem the spread of the virus.

Safety items provided have included nearly 500,000 pairs of gloves, 250,000 aprons, 244,000 protective masks, nearly 20,000 hand sanitisers, and hundreds of overshoes, bags and cleaning materials.

In a further boost, thousands of PPE items have also been donated by the local community, with schools, colleges, training organisations and the voluntary sector playing their part.

Leader of the council Allen Brett welcomed the milestone and praised to work that had been done to help and support the care sector.

'It is a staggering amount of PPE that has been distributed by the council'

He said: "It is a staggering amount of PPE that has been distributed by the council and  it is a credit to everyone who has played their part in our major caring effort. We were proactive from day one in sourcing PPE and this safety equipment has helped to protect hundreds carers and vulnerable people from COVID-19.

"It has been a real community approach, but the hard work is continuing. We are still distributing safety equipment and this vital operation will continue over the coming weeks and months."

Councillor Brett added: "As leader of the council I am very proud of the proactive and robust action we have taken to help and protect the care home sector. I know from speaking with local care homes how grateful they are. I want to thank them all and their staff for their incredible work."