General News Sunday, April 12, 2020
This is a time when innovation and creativity are beautifully combined with love and patriotism. Almost everyone is doing little by little to make ‘the world a better place’, starting with Ghana.
Fashion Designer, James Doe has also chosen the way; producing local Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to support and help overcome the country’s shortcomings, and that is the way to help fight Coronavirus pandemic.
He explained to Ghanaweb, that his interest was shaken when news in several international channels including CNN, showing luxury labels, designers, and conglomerates all stepped up to a call by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo for the company to be “creative in supplying essential equipment for officers health “.
Calls answered by top designers included Christian Siriano, Prabal Gurung, Karla Collerto, with offers to retool production and place sewing teams and resources that were not used for good use.
Why not copy the same in Ghana, he thought? So he did it. He began producing locally designed face masks, with cotton cloth that he had in his shop in Sowutuom, to be distributed to ordinary Ghanaian citizens at no cost.
“The fight is for all of us. When all this began, I noticed that some world leaders asked fashion designers in Britain, the US and other countries to come up with face masks to help. That made me ask what I could do as a fashion designer in my country to help, because that was the development of facial masks. ”
“I started to make a nose mask freely before it was locked. I did an ordinary nose mask made of quality cotton cloth and then I tried to design it with our own national colors to illustrate something made from our country. ”
“I just give it randomly when I pass by and I see people, I only give it to them, I don’t have a certain group of people that I give.” He explained in an interview with Ghanaweb.
Although the lockout has affected his sales, with almost no one coming to buy his clothes, Mr. Doe has decided to hold off making clothes to use the fabric left in his shop to make locally made face masks to share for free.
The prize, he said, was seeing people safe and protected. He acknowledged they might not be 100 percent guaranteed for protection purposes, but something he believed was better than nothing.
“That Coronavirus has affected my work, people don’t come to buy. Those fabrics are what I bought myself, they are billed for other works but because of love and the countryside, I use them for masks. “
“I’ve heard it’s not fully guaranteed because it’s not produced medically but I also know that it’s better to use it than not using it at all. This might not protect you from everything, but for those who might not have access to the approved, this can saves significantly. ”
The owner of the design of DoeSeries has also proposed a protective device model which he thinks is more flexible and elongated to cover the user’s eye, nose and neck area. Sample one, it is made from bowls, old plastic bottles and ribbons.
He explained that this could be used together with masks to help frontline health workers stay safe. He believes some modification from the government will help produce a better local PPE which will be very useful in fighting the pandemic.
“I got the idea only on Wednesday. It was an ordinary plastic bottle and bowl to create desire. You can use it together with a nose mask and there is comfort and reliability. If there are modifications to be made by the ministry or government, we can add them and present them as a package. This is perfect for doctors, media personnel, nurses etc. I hope they all get it because it is very long and cannot expose you. “He continued.
With around 200 face masks already provided, and the materials used up, Mr. Doe said a little help from kindhearted people and the government to support the purchase of fabrics would greatly help increase his initiative and help laypeople who could not afford to buy face masks.
“I have used all my resources to help the community so I want the government to come help me to help me produce this. We would love to hear from the government and this is not for money because if it were for that, I would not have started free distribution in the first place, it was all out of love for the country. “
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