The completed PPE were handed over to the hospital’s director, Dr Francis Paul. Aside from Margarette, Elizabeth and Rosaline. Also present during the handing over, were Bishop Julius Gitom and Deacon Stephen Esguerra.

By DOSPO

Dec 2 2020

SANDAKAN – Inspired by the Franciscan Sisters of Kota Kinabalu, a parishioner together with two friends came forward to volunteer themselves to sew the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for medical frontliners.

PPE sewing at Margarette Sikuit’s home

Coming from the parish of St Paul’s Catholic Church, Margarette Sikuit, together with Elizabeth Ubing and Rosaline Phillip, started their mission sewing the PPE on Nov 7, which took place in Margarette’s home. It took them two weeks to complete 150 PPE, ready to be used by medical frontliners at the Duchess of Kent’s Hospital here.

The material was provided by the hospital, an arrangement made between the diocesan staff from the Diocesan Pastoral Centre and staff of the Hospital’s Logistic Pharmacy Unit.

On Nov 27, the completed PPE were handed over to the hospital’s director, Dr Francis Paul. Aside from Margarette, Elizabeth and Rosaline. Also present during the handing over, were Bishop Julius Gitom and Deacon Stephen Esguerra.

Dr Francis expressed his gratitude to Bishop Julius and the Church, especially the three ‘samaritans’ for volunteering to sew the PPE.

News Straits Time dated Nov 19 reported that Sandakan recorded the highest COVID-19 infection throughout Sabah and was declared Red Zone by the government. Thus, it was crucial to have PPEs in stock for the medical frontliners as they had to deal with increasing numbers of COVID-19 patients.

Bishop Julius conveyed his thankfulness to Dr Francis and the hospital for the trust given to the Church through Margarette and her companions. It was a blessing to be part of the mission of helping those in need, especially in this time of the pandemic.

Margarette and her teammates looked forward to offer any assistance needed. She assured that they would available to help. – DOSPO