By Cathy Elelman • 27 March 2020 • 13:32
MOJACAR residents are making protective health masks to help meet the massive demand for this vital individual protection item as part of the fight against the spread of the Covid-19 virus.
To begin with a group of 10 seamstresses turned their talents to producing the masks at home, but the number of volunteers is increasing every day.
They produced more than 1,000 masks in just days, and expect to exceed 4,000 by the end of this week.
The group is giving the masks to the local council, which is then distributing them to people whose jobs carry a risk of exposure to coronavirus. This includes medical centre staff, Civil Protection and the Local Police, as well as any others in need.
The local authority is also providing the volunteers with the appropriate materials to help them continue with their initiative.
It was the lack of availability of the masks in pharmacies which prompted the women to put their efforts into ensuring the safety of their fellow townspeople, many of which who are potentially at risk while carrying out their vital work in protecting everyone and ensuring important basic services keeping running, the council explained.
“These proactive women, who are determined to keep up their production for as long as necessary to ease the difficulty of finding masks, deserve a very big round of applause,” the council said.
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Cathy Elelman is the local writer for the Costa de Almeria edition of the Euro Weekly News.
Based in Mojacar for the last 21 years, Cathy is very much part of the local community and is always well and truly up on all the latest news and events going on in this region of Spain.
Her top goals are to do the best job she can informing the local English-speaking community, visitors to the area and the wider world about about the news in Almeria, to learn something new every day, and to embrace very new challenge this fast-changing world brings her way.
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