For many weeks now, the Gubkintsy have been discussing the absence of medical masks in the city’s pharmacies. We decided to check if this is really a scarce product. And went in search of.
We spent two days trying to buy at least one mask. Some pharmacies visited several times (and suddenly the goods were delivered). We talked with pharmacists and pharmacists in the central part of the city, as well as in the microdistricts of Cranes and Swans. The main question is "Are there masks?" I had to ask more than 20 times.
“No,” “Over,” “Unfortunately, not a single one.” We only heard such answers in Gubkin pharmacies. On the doors of many of them are ads: "There are no medical masks." Often with a note stating that there were no disinfectants left either.
Photo: Alyona Tarubarova / Media Center
– When the masks were available, they were dismantled instantly. We are ordering them now. But nothing comes, – they answered us in a pharmacy at Mira.
– Not like masks … Even chlorhexidine is already lacking. People are crazy, ”complains an employee of one of the pharmacies in the Swans microdistrict.
Not a single medical mask could be bought in the Cranes microdistrict. Women at the box office just shook their heads.
– Even oxolinic ointment is over. But they must give a ride. But the masks – unlikely, – shared a pharmacist working in one of the shopping centers of the neighborhood.
But in the Central pharmacy masks last week were:
– We were brought in 2 thousand masks last Friday. And they were taken apart literally in a day. Although we sold no more than 5 in one hand.
In this pharmacy, by the way, the instruction "How to make a mask at home" hangs.
Photo: Alyona Tarubarova / Media Center
By the way, many pharmacists and pharmacists had homemade masks on their faces. We offer you to try to make one.
How to make a protective mask at home
Cotton Gauze Dressing
The standard dressing has a rectangular shape and four ties. To make such a mask, fold the medical gauze in four layers. The vertical dimensions should be such as to cover the lower part of the face, including protecting the nose and mouth. The upper corners of the gauze rectangle should extend almost to the ears, and the lower part should cover the chin. The stitches should be sewn so that the two upper ones pass above the ears, and the two lower ones under the ears. Both those and others are tied at the back of the head. Between layers of gauze you can lay cotton wool. The cotton layer should be such that the bandage does not impede breathing. Please note that if you make a mask with cotton, you won’t be able to wash it. You need to change the cotton-gauze mask every three to four hours.
Take a bandage with a width of 14 centimeters and measure the desired length (depending on the size of the head). You need to cut off so much bandage so that the bandage consists of four layers. For ties you will need another 60 centimeters of bandage. It must be cut along in half, and then roll up both bandage strips into a tube and thread the resulting ties at the top and bottom of the main part of the bandage. About the lack of medical masks
As they write on Oskol.city, in the Belgorod region there is the only enterprise producing medical masks, it is Oskolskoe enterprise. But supply does not keep up with demand.
The company switched to a three-shift operation, without breaks and days off. This allows you to produce 20 thousand masks per day. Masks – three-layer, made from domestic raw materials. 12 thousand according to the order goes to medical institutions of the Belgorod region, eight thousand – to pharmacies.
As explained to Mira Belogorya by the head of the consumer market development department of the region’s economic development department, Vladimir Zubov, masks are distributed according to the schedule by municipalities. And already local authorities decide which pharmacies to send them to. This decision was made by the regional headquarters to prevent speculative price increases.
It is possible that the shortage of masks will soon be resolved. On March 22, the Ministry of Industry and Trade announced the beginning of centralized supplies of personal protective equipment to the regions.