Nakatakdang maglabas ng dalawang disenyo ng face mask ang Department of Science and Technology (DOST) para sa persons with disabilities partikular na ang mga may hearing at speech impairment.
Ayon kay DOST Secretary Fortunato de la Peña, katuwang nila sa proyektong ito ang Philippine Textile Research Institute upang masigurong de kalidad at maganda ang kalalabasan ng mga face mask.
“Two designs were developed: one for the hard of hearing who is fitted with hearing aids; and the hearing whose lips need to be read by the hard-of-hearing who communicate through lip-reading,” ani Sec. de la Peña.
Dagdag pa niya, “These two protective face masks will come in a case holder with two pockets for the removable transparent screen and for the inner layer absorbent cloth spare as designed by the social enterprise.”
Pinapurihan din niya ang inisyatiba ng mga social enterprise kagaya ng Ikapitbisigmo na nakipag-ugnayan sa DOST-PTRI upang maisakatuparan ang proyektong ito na inaasahang higit na makatutulong sa hearing at speech impaired communities sa gitna ng pandemya.
“This face mask initiative seeks to facilitate access to health services through the use of a recommended APF mask with a transparent feature for the use of health frontliners,” paliwanag ni Sec. de la Peña.
Bukod pa umano rito, “This can contribute significantly to the full inclusion of clients and patients and facilitate better communication for both the medical frontliners and people living with hearing loss or impairment.”
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