Health, Seniors and Active Living Minister Cameron Friesen said on Wednesday March 25, 2020 that the province is reaching out to businesses for products and supplies to help the provincial battle against COVID-19.
“To help us further our efforts, our government is reaching out to businesses and their employees for products and supplies and those willing to manufacture items from scratch to assist in our efforts in this fight against COVID-19,” Friesen said. “We recognize that dealing with this pandemic will be a marathon, not a sprint. Support from Manitoba businesses with additional materials will ensure front-line staff have the equipment they need to protect themselves while continuing to provide exemplary care to patients throughout the province.”
The minister noted that the government will removing barriers through this initiative allowing businesses in the province to manufacture and redeploy capacity for the production of essential equipment like ventilators, masks and nasopharyngeal swabs.
“Manitoba’s health-care system worked hard to prepare for COVID-19 and we are well-stocked with the items we need to keep Manitobans safe,” said Friesen. “However, we recognize that our supply chain may be impacted going forward in this challenging time. Manitobans have many skill sets and resources, and we’re encouraging you to help out our fellow Manitobans by proactively asking local vendors to consider producing or contributing supplies and services.”
Products that business can supply to the province include:
- N95 respirators,
- surgical/procedure masks,
- nitrile gloves,
- vinyl gloves,
- nasopharyngeal swabs,
- specific types of reagent to be used in labs,
- hand sanitizer,
- cleaning supplies, and
- disinfecting supplies.
As part of the initiative the province has set up an online portal asking businesses to help with supplying needed products.
Businesses can go to the portal here – Online Business Portal
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