Medical athleisure: Pandemic gives rise to medical leisure wear
February 2, 2022 | 1:26 p.m.
MANILA, Philippines — The global pandemic has shown us that real-life modern heroes are our medical frontliners. These brave souls risked their own well-being to save lives.
White Coat Manila, a brand of medical coveralls and gowns in the country, recently asked some frontline doctors what keeps them going, despite the daily difficulties.
Dr. Ging Zamora, Internal Medicine and Rheumatology, said: “What moves me is the faith that everything happens for a reason. Knowing that love knows no bounds. For this given life, I make a difference, no matter how small.
Meanwhile, Dr Kara Gozali, an ophthalmologist, replied: “Whenever you feel tired or exhausted, as cliché as that sounds, remind yourself why you started in the first place. Whenever my husband Mark and I talk about things related to medicine, it doesn’t feel like work, it puts stars in our eyes knowing it’s what we’ve always wanted to do. Find something you can’t wait to wake up to, even on the most toxic days. Remember that there is nowhere else you would rather be because where you are, you feel like home. Most of the time, we just need to remind ourselves a little about why we love what we do.
“Since graduating from a government hospital I have seen how simple families would sell all their possessions, literally to the point of losing everything just to try to save a loved one or even just to buy more time to spend with them. That, I think, is an act of pure love. And that moves me. To serve the underserved, to see true love. To help not always to heal, but to sometimes treat and always to comfort” , revealed Dr. Crystal Roxas, dermatologist.
“We want our healthcare professionals to know that we see them and feel them. Being a medical professional myself, I understand the challenges they go through on a personal level. We wanted to open the conversation about what inspires and motivates our superhero frontliners to continue to dress up and show up during this ongoing pandemic,” said Dr. Nikki Chan-Ongkingco, co-founder of White Coat Manila .
The brand’s understanding of the needs of frontline doctors is evident in its MoveTechscrub range of suits. Created to disrupt the antiquated medical apparel industry, MoveTech scrub suits are ultra-lightweight, water-resistant, wrinkle-resistant, coated with antimicrobial Ruco-Bac and can stretch in four directions, far from twill or cotton. usual cotton. mixed with polyester sets which are commonly available.
The ultra-lightweight property of MoveTech scrubs addresses the need for comfortable garments under layers of medical grade PPE (personal protective equipment) sometimes worn for up to 72 hours. The water-resistant property comes in handy when liquids spill unintentionally, so frontliners can continue their work without interrupting the change of clothes. The wrinkle-resistant property makes it look fresh and presentable during a long shift. Ruco-Bac antimicrobial coating inhibits the growth of bacteria, yeast, algae and other microorganisms that cause odor and fabric damage. Thus, the coating serves for odor protection as well as increasing the durability of the scrubs. The four-way stretch property provides full ease of movement, which is essential especially during surgical operations.
Best of all, MoveTech scrubs have been designed to flatter all body types and genders and are available in classic and fashionable styles that even qualify as “medical leisurewear”.
There are jogging pants and tops with different necklines. All models have multiple functional pockets. The brand’s products are 100% proudly sewn in the Philippines. To see the full collection, visit www.whitecoatmanila.com.
“While we are able to give frontliners more comfort and joy by providing them with our MoveTech scrubs, we are doing our part by helping them while they work. We would like our scrubs to be their partner in conquering their day,” Dr. Ongkingco enthused.
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