Loving Husband Equips Iloilo OB-GYNE Frontliners with Pretty in Pink PPEs!
Lory Joyce Andagan | April 23, 2020
Photos courtesy of IMH Obstetrics-Gynecology Department and Jippy Quicoy
With creative and colorful Personal Protective Equipment making rounds online, many were inspired to create designs of their own, including a husband in Iloilo who wanted to make sure his frontliner wife was well protected while she was at work.
Jippy Quicoy decided to make special PPEs for his wife and her co-workers who work in the OB-GYN department of Iloilo Mission Hospital. “Being a frontliner, we wanted her to be protected at all times. We wanted to create PPEs that they can wear while on duty,” says Jippy.
“It all started from scratch, he continues, "My father, who is a tailor himself, designed the PPE.” The family owns a tailoring shop in the city. Due to the enhanced community quarantine measures, they transferred some of their sewing machines to their house and sheltered seven hardworking sewers in their home. After some revisions, they were able to create a safe, comfortable, easy-to-wear, water-repellant PPE suits. They also made washable face masks that were given out for free.
They chose ‘Pretty in Pink' as the concept of the PPE suits. It is a color that is pleasing to the eye as well as associated with femininity and babies, a simple tribute to the obstetricians and gynecologists who will be using the suits. The department of obstetrics and gynecology in IMH were so happy when they received the PPEs, saying they felt privileged to wear the hazmat coveralls. “We are always on the hard edge as physicians. In this pandemic, the pink hazmat suits bring a dose of positivity in the fast-paced battle we are in.”
Jippy also said that the whole concept of their PPEs draws from the fact that they want to protect their loved ones as much as possible. He likens the PPEs his family made to a security blanket that protects our frontliners from any danger due to COVID-19, something that makes them feel safe as well as empowered. With his family's initiative, Jippy feels that they have contributed to the fight against the virus. “At the end of a busy and tiring day, they all have families waiting for them to get home safe and sound," he says, "This is the least we can do for our frontliners who are brave enough to face an enemy that is not visible to the naked eye.”