By Minka Klaudia Tiangco
The Manila city government has purchased various types of medical equipment for government-owned hospitals and hundreds of protective personal equipment (PPE) for health workers for the fight against coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
Around 400 PPE will be distributed to health workers in Manila, while 48 hepa-filter machines used for high-efficiency filtering will be deployed to various government-owned hospitals, including the newly-opened Manila Center for Infectious Disease Control (MCIDC).
“Patuloy po tayong kukuha, bibili ng mga ganitong klaseng gamit para mapangalagaan natin ang kaligtasan ng ating mga frontliners, partikular na sa ating health workers (We will continue to purchase these types of equipment to keep our frontliners, particularly our health workers, safe),” said Manila City Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” in his city address on Thursday.
The city government also received hundreds of food and medical supply donations from various personalities and private companies, Domagoso said.
The city mayor said they will use 100 rollmats they received to furnish the Delpan Evacuation Center, where they will house persons under investigation (PUIs) who are displaying mild symptoms of COVID-19 to ease congestion in hospitals.
Earlier, the Manila city government passed a resolution declaring the city under a state of calamity in order to access the quick response fund.
With this, a P12.9-million fund was allocated to purchase disinfection equipment for the city’s public hospitals.
Among the equipment that was bought by the city government are six disinfection systems worth P4.2 million, three air purification machines worth P7.5 million, and 196 bottles of disinfection solution worth P1.2 million.
After the entire island of Luzon was placed under enhanced community quarantine, several hospitals, including the Philippine General Hospital, have been asking for donations due to a shortage of medical supplies.
On Friday, the Department of Health reported 13 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total number of the country’s confirmed cases to 230, with 18 deaths and 8 recovered patients.