Protect the Health of the Community: CMU Students Supported Pharmacies and Helped with Mask Distribution
Date：February 25, 2020
For the prevention of the 2019 n-CoV, the mask rationing plan through local pharmacies was implemented since February 6, 2020. To relieve the stress and the working load of pharmacists, 40 volunteer students from China Medical University (CMU) School of Pharmacy help the contracted pharmacies in Taichung with the mask distribution work. Among the 40 students, there are four international students that also took part in the distribution. “Helping Taiwan during its difficult time is a social responsibility that students of School of Pharmacy are willing to take”, said the international students.
Since February 25, volunteer students are divided into groups to help with mask distribution in various pharmacies in Taichung one hour per day, four days per week. Vice President Hung-Che Chiang explained, “To increase the number of people that are able to purchase masks, starting from February 20, each pharmacy needs to handle 600 mask per day, including packaging, distribution, and registration work. The intensive working load brought great challenges to the pharmacists. Therefore, pharmacies need extra assistance. Moreover, because there are drug and equipment safety consideration in the pharmacy, students with pharmacy backgrounds are the most suitable volunteers to assist with this job.”
The director-general of the Taichung Pharmacists Association and the manager of RICH Pharmacy both thanked the students for their volunteering help. CMU students from School of Pharmacy showed their service enthusiasm, which is greatly appreciated by many pharmacies in Taichung.