By Cathy Elelman • 28 March 2020 • 20:13
DONATIONS: Mojacar council reported it has collected more than 50 masks.
CREDIT: Mojacar Informa Facebook
A MOJACAR resident has launched a campaign to collect Decathlon ‘easybreath’ snorkel masks with the aim of them being used as emergency respirators in health centres.
The initiative, inspired by the idea of an intensive care unit doctor at the Monteprincipe Hospital in Boadilla del Monte in Madrid, has already resulted in Mojacar Council collecting more than 50 masks, the local administration reported on Facebook.
Dr Alberto Rubio Lopez told Spanish press the snorkel mask respirator project is experimental, but meantime Decathlon has posted a message on its website saying it has blocked the sale of the easybreath product “because we are donating all available amounts to hospitals to help in this health crisis.”
The original concept for using the snorkel masks as improvised respirators due to the lack of medical supplies came from Italian doctor Renato Favero.
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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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