'A little help goes a long way' by IEEE Malaysia section: COVID-19 heroes video series of IEEE Region 10 Newsletter Committee

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COVID-19 heroes videos series is an initiative of the IEEE Region 10 newsletter committee started in 2020. This video from the IEEE Malaysia section highlights its efforts to provide PPE (face-shield and extender) to the front-line workers in Malaysia.

'A little help goes a long way' from the IEEE Malaysia section highlights section volunteers' efforts to provide PPE (face-shield and extender) to the front line workers in Malaysia. Project coordinator is Prof. Norhana Arsad. It must have been tiresome and stressful to be confined and staying at home under the Movement Control Order (MCO) to break the chain of the worldwide Covid-19 pandemic outbreak.

However, staying at home does not mean that the search for knowledge and support for those affected must stop. As all of us know, knowledge is the key to success but in the current situation, we have to introduce a new way of working, lifestyle and new normal. Hats off to our front liners in combating COVID19!

While we adhere to the MCO by staying at home, the front liners have been working hard, battling fatigue, rain, and the hot sun for us and our beloved country. However, having to stay home does not mean that we do not do anything. So, what can we do to help? There are plenty of things that can be done to help ease the burden of the people working in the frontline during this devastating pandemic. One of it is by helping to produce face shields and mask extenders to be worn by our front liners while combating COVID-19. As the world battles against this pandemic, a shortage of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is likely to happen soon in Malaysia.

The Coronavirus can travel through droplets in the air; thus, the face shield is a must for every front liner working intensely to contain the spread. Therefore, with the concerted effort from the staff of the Department of Electrical, Electronic & Systems Engineering (JKEES), Faculty of Engineering & Build Environment, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, and the IEEE MyIPS, face shields, and extenders have been produced using 3D Printers.

This effort could not have happened without the sponsorships of various donors especially Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Prof. Emerita Dr. Sharifah Hapsah Syed Hasan Shahabudin of The NATIONAL COUNCIL of WOMEN’S ORGANISATIONS (NCWO) & Prof. Dr. Dayang Anita Abdul Aziz (NCWO Rep & Faculty of Medicine, UKM), PUSAT IDEA, UCTC, FKAB, SERI (Prof. Dato’ Dr. Kamaruzzaman Sopian), UKM, JKEES members (Assoc Prof Dr. Gan Kok Beng – Leader, Prof. Dr. Aini Hussain, Prof. Ir. Dr. Mohd Syuhaimi Ab Rahman, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Sawal Hamid Md Ali, Assoc. Prof. Ir Dr. Nasharuddin Zainal, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Zainuddin Sajuri, Dr. Intan Fadhlina Mohamed, Dr. Iskandar Yahya, Dr. Mohd Faisal Ibrahim, Dr. Mohd Hairi Mohd Zaman, En Mohd Huzairi Johari, Cik Aida Baharuddin, Cik Nor Jaziha Mat Jalil, En Mohd Rokhaizat Jamaluddin and En Muhd Nuurul Iman Osman Talib for their unconditional support in making this happen.

The togetherness and unconditional support towards our front liners have enabled them to support us better. Hence, it helps us to ensure healthy living and nurture societal harmony in the country.

COVID-19 heroes videos series is an initiative of the IEEE Region 10 newsletter committee started in 2020. This video from the IEEE Malaysia section highlights its efforts to provide PPE (face-shield and extender) to the front-line workers in Malaysia.

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