ERJ staff report (BC)
Petaling Jaya - The Malaysian Rubber Export Promotion Council (MREPC) organised a seminar on â€œManaging Infection Control - Selecting the Right Glovesâ€ at Beijing recently to create awareness of using good-quality gloves with adequate barrier protection capabilities among healthcare workers.
MREPC considers that despite already dominating China's rubber glove market, Malaysia could sell many more medical gloves in view of a consumer switch from vinyl gloves to latex and nitrile gloves in China.
â€œIn fact, we are just touching the tip of the iceberg. I think there is a huge potential in China as there is a lot of usage in vinyl gloves which is not something we recommend,â€ said MREPC chief executive officer Datuk Teo Suat Cheng in an interview in the Chinese capital.
â€œWe held this seminar to educate Chinese glove consumers [on] what is good for the doctors and nurses to use in the healthcare sector.
â€œBecause of the pricing factor where rubber prices went up tremendously, there had been pressure on hospitals to get cheaper gloves, so they ended up buying vinyl ones.â€
Vinyl gloves are often considered as a substitute to natural latex and nitrile gloves and they tear rather easily, according to MREPC, which quotes statistics showing that hospitals in China use 65% of vinyl gloves mainly manufactured by Chinese companies, and 34% of latex gloves (which include both natural rubber and nitrile gloves).
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