Digital tech in spotlight as Sarawak maker communities unite to support Covid-19 frontliners

Maker community members are seen cutting raw materials to build face shields for frontliners.

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KUCHING, April 6: Sarawak Multimedia Authority (SMA) lauds the spirit of volunteerism among diverse maker communities in the state to expand their own initiative in supporting medical frontliners during this Covid-19 outbreak.

Its general manager Dr Zaidi Razak in a statement noted that as one of the leading players in the digital economy ecosystem, they are proud to witness such commitment and efforts to help the community and country in their own way.

“Their capability drives home the point of the inherent empowering and scalability of technology to solve problems that require quick turnaround time.

“These efforts highlight how important access to digital technology and education can do in helping the community and country as a whole,” he emphasised.

A 3D printer creating a face shield frame.
Medical personnel show face shields they have received from local maker communities.

Zaidi also noted that the local maker communities are made up of various organisations such as startups, small and medium enterprises (SMEs), social enterprises (SEs), STEM educators, non-profit organisations (NGO) and individuals from across Sarawak.

He disclosed that they are currently producing face shields using 3D printers and laser cutters, including Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) such as face shields, to improve infection safeguards for frontliners, and to comply with droplet precaution protocol.

“With the strength of more than one hundred (100) volunteers making the PPE in their own homes, the community targets to produce 10,000 units of various types of PPE in the first run. This include ventilators and intubation shields for anaesthetists,” he added.

For inquiries or to contribute to the community, contact The Learning Curve at 017-8088700 (Kenneth). — DayakDaily