CEO Update: COVID-19
The health and safety of New Zealand is our primary concern, and now more than ever this is everyone’s responsibility.
This time last year I was preparing to spend 21 days rafting down the Grand Canyon with a group of friends, but this year I expect to spend 28 days or more in a different kind of isolation, working as much as possible from home, staying safe, and following the rules.
From the outset, we have built each and every one of Medsalv’s processes to deal with the nastiest and most contagious diseases. Our ISO accredited systems and processes are designed and independently verified to handle far more easily transmitted (and tougher to kill) diseases than COVID-19, including airborne viruses like Norovirus, or Clostridium Difficile. We have structured our plant schedules to eliminate contact between our reprocessing staff entirely, and all other staff are working remotely.
We do not expect any interruption to our ability to provide medical devices to New Zealand hospitals over the coming months. We will be touching base with key staff at each hospital we are working with to discuss any changes to our regular services and deliveries as required.
As New Zealand enters difficult times in this unprecedented global pandemic, New Zealand’s medical supply chain is under immense threat due to global shortages which are likely to continue. Importing 97% of our medical equipment leaves New Zealand uniquely exposed to the effects of this virus on the global medical industry.
While the Government Pandemic emergency stockpile is currently well resourced, the length of this global pandemic is uncertain, and it is likely to persist for some time. We are working with leading health sector experts around the country, developing strategies to mitigate the effects of potential supply chain disruption over the coming months.
Please do not hesitate to contact Medsalv via our listed contact channels or website if you have any questions.
Stay home, Stay Safe.