Davao City gov’t gets hold of 2,000 PPEs; 1,200 go to SPMC, 800 to other hospitals

Published March 25, 2020, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Warren Elijah Valdez

DAVAO CITY – The city was able to procure 2,000 personal protective equipment (PPE) that have been distributed to private and public hospitals, an official said.

Mayor Sara Duterte (Facebook / MANILA BULLETIN)
Mayor Sara Duterte (Facebook / MANILA BULLETIN)

In an interview with Davao City Disaster Radio on Tuesday, Mayor Sara Duterte said that the acquired PPEs were purchased from China.

She said that the Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC) was given 600 ICU PPEs and 600 ordinary PPEs, and was endorsed to SPMC chief Dr. Leopoldo Vega.

The remaining 800 PPEs have been sent to some private hospitals in the city, noting that these PPEs were given to the infectious disease nurses.

“We have provided them already with these protective gears. But we still have supplies to come,” she said.

She also said that Congressman Paolo Duterte also provided PPEs for SPMC health workers that will be good for a month.

“Better, you can tell us to what unit or department (in the hospital who needs the PPEs), so that we can directly drop them off,” she added.

Recently, there have been reports about the shortage of PPE supplies in the city. Medical personnel and some health officials alike have appealed for donations for some PPE supplies.

Dr. Roy Ferrer, Department of Health (DOH) assistant secretary of health field implementation and coordinating team for Visayas and Mindanao, said in a previous interview that PPEs are much needed by these medical workers as they are the frontliners who are currently battling the deadly coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

“We have to provide PPEs for them. Some health workers are already worried for themselves for they may be contaminated with the virus without these supplies of PPEs. They are the ones who mostly interact with these COVID-19 patients. Providing them with PPEs can ease their fear that they may be infected with the virus,” he said.