PRC lauded by health partners for augmenting public hospitals’ COVID capability

Published September 23, 2020, 5:54 PM

by Merlina Hernando-Malipot

The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) was commended by its health partners for the steps it continues to undertake in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic especially in augmenting the capability of public hospitals in the country.

Philippine Red Cross

The PRC, under the leadership of Chairman and CEO Sen. Richard Gordon, led in reinforcing the steps in augmenting public hospitals capability. 
The focus of this initiative is on molecular laboratories across hospitals retained by the Department of Health (DoH).

PRC said that from the start of lockdown until September, a total of 27,308 healthcare workers were tested already through these laboratories.

In a recent meeting with health partners — which are medical organizations, specialty organizations, and partner hospitals — Gordon recalled PRC’s efforts in mobilizing hospitals through health partners.

The Red Cross also deployed negative pressure ambulances, set up molecular laboratories, and provided hygiene kits to communities.

One of the main highlights of the meeting focused on the frontliners’ well-being.

The PRC continues to provide psychological intervention to aid the frontliners. With the health partners also voicing out concern on the health of security guards and utility workers who are side by side among the frontliners in this COVID-19 fight, PRC also extends help in this area.

Dr. Ivy Reside, one of the health partners-representatives for PRC, expressed gratitude for the help from PRC. “All the help PRC has provided has given a boost in our morale, to our staff, and hospitals,” she said.

The PRC recently set up two tents at Tondo Medical Center to accommodate the influx of patients requiring hospital services. 

One tent is a 10 bed-isolation area complete with an air conditioner. The second tent serves as a triage and screening area.

 The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, the United Nations Children’s Fund, and PRC’s Manila Chapter helped to set up the tents.

”Expansion of the capacity of public hospitals is one of the four pillars of PRC’s response to the pandemic.

“Augmenting the capability of public hospitals ensures that our people can receive the proper treatment for non-COVID-19 related ailments as well as provide isolation areas to reduce the risk of transmission of the virus,” Gordon said.