By Prince Golez
More personal protective equipment (PPEs) needed to fight the coronavirus outbreak will be arriving in the country in the coming days, according to Presidential Peace Adviser and chief implementer of the National Action Plan against coronavirus Carlito Galvez Jr.
In a televised news conference Thursday, Galvez said the remaining 985,000 PPEs are scheduled to arrive between April 6 to 24.
The first batch of the one million PPEs under the government to government procurement agreement between the Philippines and China arrived at Villamor Air Base last March 31.
They were immediately distributed to the Philippine General Hospital, the Jose Rodriguez Memorial Hospital, the Lung Center of the Philippines, the East Avenue Medical Center, and the Armed Forces of the Philippines Medical Center.
“We are soliciting the PPEs to our very gracious donors and we are expecting to have 30,000 of those coming from Solaire from Mr. Razon. And we would like also to thank Mr. Ramon Ang for pledging to support more than 100 ventilators that they will procure from different sources and also, they promised to buy additional PPEs worth five hundred million pesos,” according to the former Armed Forces chief.
On the distribution process of PPEs, Galvez said the Department of Health was looking at the bed capacities and the number of patients infected with coronavirus to identify hospitals that critically need the medical equipment.
“For faster and more efficient communication, we have set a Viber group with the different hospital so that we can address and respond immediately among the things that they need.”
The official shared that the Indian Commerce will also procure six million masks to be distributed to the people through Mercury Drug stores and other drugstores at a lower price.