DoH prepositions P26.5-M worth of medical supplies

Published November 1, 2020, 3:17 PM

by Analou de Vera

The Department of Health (DoH) said it has prepositioned P26.5-million worth of medical supplies as part of its response for areas affected by typhoon “Rolly.”

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III

The medical supplies will be distributed in the different health facilities, said Health Secretary Francisco Duque III. 

“Nakahanda po ‘yung ating logistical support sa halagang P26.5 million, halaga ng mga gamot, medical supplies, mga health kits, kasama ang ating mga personal protective equipment, at COVID-19 supplies ay naka prepositioned po ito by the different Centers for Health Development (Our logistical support worth P26.5 million is already prepared, which include medicines, medical supplies, health kits, personal protective equipment, and COVID-19 supplies. These are prepositioned by the different Centers for Health Development),” said Duque.

He added that about P21.7-million worth of additional commodities are also available at the DoH Central office warehouse. 

The DoH also raised the code red alert in all affected regions and has alerted hospitals to ensure standby functional generator sets and adequate critical life-saving equipment for use in emergency situations, said Duque. 

“We also alerted concerned provincial DoH offices to actively monitor and report any untoward incident in their respective areas of responsibility,” said the Health chief. 

Duque also assured the public that COVID-19 patients and health workers in Temporary Treatment and Monitoring Facilities (TTMFs)  have evacuated to assure their safety. 

“Patients and staff of Mega TTMFs such as the Ninoy Aquino Stadium, Rizal Memorial Coliseum, Filinvest Temporary Treatment and Monitoring Facilities, and Philippine Arena were transferred to various hotel isolation facilities in the National Capital Region. On the other hand, TTMF patients and staff in Albay province were evacuated in day care centers, public schools, and evacuation centers,” said Duque. 

Duque urged the public to continue practicing minimum public health standards to prevent transmission of COVID-19 in their homes and in evacuation centers.

“Sa bahay man o sa mga evacuation centers ay panatilihin natin ang hindi kukulangin sa isang metrong distansya sa pagitan ng sarili at iba. Ugaliing hugasan ang mga kamay gamit ang sabon at tubig, o linisin ang kamay gamit ang alcohol-based handrub (Whether at home or in evacuation centers, we should keep at least one meter distance between ourselves and others. Make it a habit to wash your hands with soap and water, or clean your hands with an alcohol-based handrub),” he said. 

“Takpan ang ilong at bibig sa tuwing uubo o babahing gamit ang likod ng siko o tisyu; huwag hawakan ang mata, ilong, at bibig kapag umuubo o bumabahing, at agad na kumonsulta sa doktor kung magpakita ng malalang sintomas, gaya ng hirap sa paghinga at pagkahilo (Cover your nose and mouth every time you cough or sneeze using the back of your elbow or tissue; do not touch your eyes, nose, and mouth when coughing or sneezing, and consult a doctor immediately if you show symptoms, such as difficulty breathing and dizziness),” he added.