The seamstresses of the Câmara de Loulé are making protective clothing for doctors, nurses, health aides and other professionals working to combat the Covid-19 pandemic in the Algarve. Soon, other seamstresses in the county will also join this effort.
The professionals who are already in the field work at the autarchy's sewing studio, responsible, among other things, for creating Carnival costumes. In this moment of crisis motivated by Covid-19, they will dedicate themselves «exclusively to the noble cause of making leggings and cloches, a piece of protection for the head, shoulders and cervical region, made of fluid-resistant material, used mainly by professionals of in the treatment of individuals affected by diseases with a high risk of spread'.
«The TNT-type fabric was supplied by CHUA, while the Câmara de Loulé, in addition to the labor, supports this production with other material needed to create the pieces, such as elastics and Velcros», according to the Câmara de Loulé.
The three municipal seamstresses «will make the molds of the articles available to other volunteer seamstresses from various parts of the municipality, such as Alte, Benafim and Quarteira, who volunteered to participate in this project, which will allow to expand this production network and, consequently, the number of coguls and leggings produced. So far, 27 leggings have been delivered to CHUA and as of today there will be the capacity to produce around 150 cogulas, items that will be crucial to protect those treating patients infected with Covid-19».
“We want, in this way, to give our contribution to support these women and men who are the true heroes in this unequal fight against an invisible enemy of which very little is known. They are professionals, but above all human beings, who fight this pandemic on a daily basis, putting their own lives at risk to save those of others», illustrated Vítor Aleixo, mayor of Loulé.
Protective equipment for health professionals is an asset that is “scarce across the country due to the increase in cases of infected by the new coronavirus”.