Belgium recently ordered an extra 5 million mouth masks. Many of the mouth masks are intended for family doctors. Hospitals too are supposed to be supplied.
Inge Vervotte says that it would be a tragedy if this material can’t be supplied in time: “Without these mouth masks we are endangering health workers.”
“The authorities should tell us the truth and urgently look for alternatives”.
Ms Vervotte, who now works for a health care network, says that in her care centres mothers are sewing masks. Measures are also taken to give masks a longer life span.
Virologist Marc Van Ranst confirms that Belgium possessed supplies eleven years ago, but that this stock hasn’t been replenished.
Health minister De Block speaks of a difficult international situation. Masks that were supposed to be delivered by midnight haven’t arrived and other paths are now being explored.