BARMM ships more medical supplies to Basulta

Published April 10, 2020, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Ali Macabalang

COTABATO CITY – Additional medical supplies and personal protective equipment (PPEs) were sent Thursday to the island provinces of Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi (Basulta) through the Polloc Port in Parang, Maguindanao aboard a naval boat provided by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP)-Western Mindanao Command (WesMinCom).

Moro medical supplies from BARMM are being loaded onto a naval boat for shipment to BASULTA (Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi) at the Polloc Port in Parang, Maguindanao on Thursday. (BARMM Handout photo / MANILA BULLETIN)
Moro medical supplies from BARMM are being loaded onto a naval boat for shipment to BASULTA (Basilan, Sulu, and Tawi-Tawi) at the Polloc Port in Parang, Maguindanao on Thursday. (BARMM Handout photo / MANILA BULLETIN)

The supplies were allotted by the Rapid Emergency Action in Disaster Incidence (READI) team of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM), according to Mohammad Asnin Pendatun, spokesman of the regional Inter-Agency Task Force on the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Pendatun, concurrent BARMM cabinet secretary, said the supplies would augment the dwindling medical supplies of health units in the three island provinces collectively known as Basulta.

The shipment contained of PPEs, surgical and N95 face masks, face shields, isolation gowns, gloves; gallons of alcohol, disinfection solutions, thermal scanners; and assorted medicine and vitamins, he said.

Earlier, the BARMM’s task force also augmented the PPEs and medical supplies in three COVID-19 referral hospitals in the region, namely, the Cotabato Sanitarium Hospital in Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao; the Cotabato Regional and Medical Center in Cotabato City; and the Amai Pakpak Medical Center in Marawi City.

The BARMM’s Ministry of Health (MOH) also turned over medical supplies and equipment to the provincial health office, rural health units (RHUs), and district hospitals in Lanao del Sur.

MoH Minister Dr. Saffrullah Dipatuan said the task force had also allotted additional P20,000 fund subsidy to each of RHUs in the region to complement their monthly maintenance and other operating expenses.

Meanwhile, BARMM’s Local Government Minister Naguib Sinarimbo said the office of Chief Minister Ahod “Hadji Murad” Ebrahim began releasing additional P155 million to the local government units’ (LGUs’) quick response funds in Lanao del Sur, Maguindanao, Basilan, Basilan and Sulu provinces, the cities of Cotabato, Marawi and Lamitan, and 63 villages in North Cotabato.

Of the allotment, each of the provinces was entitled to P5 million, while the three cities were allocated P2 million each, Sinarimbo said.

The region’s 118 municipalities were allotted P1 million each, and all the 63 barangays in North Cotabato would get a total of P8 million, he said.

 
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