MORE than one million items of personal protective equipment have been delivered to care homes by Annan-based firm ECO.

A total of 525,000 surgical masks, 500,000 disposable aprons, and 10,000 litres of sanitiser have been sourced and delivered to care homes by ECO this week alone.

ECO has set up a “full Covid-19 emergency rapid response solutions operation” and a medical division with a range of anti-virus sanitiser, PPE including masks and visors, testing kits, testing pods, and medical beds.

The team at ECO has also answered the call to help a factory, which has a government order for manufacturing vital material for visors for the NHS, to continue round the clock production by supplying anti-virus sanitiser and an on-call emergency sanitising team.

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Paul Currie, ECO contracts manager, said: “We have worked with UK companies to source a sustainable supply of PPE here in this country, which is available to help people right now.

“We have supplied hundreds of care homes across the country, from individual homes to large groups, and right across the UK from Essex to Perthshire and everywhere in between.

“With the shortage of PPE around the country we wanted to use our expertise to step in and see what we could do to help.”

ECO said it has now helped care homes across Scotland including in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Paisley, Falkirk, Perth and Dumfries.

Eddie Black, managing director of ECO, said: “Care home staff all over the country - just like the NHS and other emergency workers - are doing an incredible job.

“If anyone needs our expertise, we will get our teams onto it immediately to achieve what needs to be done.”