By Jel Santos
Over 27, 000 masks have been distributed by the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) to 5,500 overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) returning to Hong Kong to protect themselves from the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).
The humanitarian organization said the masks were given to the OFWs from February 21 to March 5 at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).
Each of the OFWs, according to PRC, received a week’s supply of five to eight masks.
PRC said it has chosen to distribute masks to OFWs going to Hong Kong, because of the high number of cases recorded in that city.
“The 5,500 OFWs were passengers of Cathay Pacific bound to Hong Kong from NAIA,” PRC said.
According to PRC, wearing a mask is one of the effective ways not to get infected of the COVID-19.
It has also reminded the public to practice frequent hand washing, and maintain a proper hygiene.
As part of its information drive, PRC also placed tarpaulins at the airport containing reminders how to not get infected of the new disease.
On February 18, 2020, OFWs were allowed by the Inter-Agency Task Force on Infectious Diseases to return to their jobs in Hong Kong.
PRC said that their staff and volunteers are continuously distributing masks to OFWs bound for Hong Kong.