MARAWI CITY, Jan. 8 —A total of 31,900 sets of logistics aiming to prevent the spread of coronavirus disease (Covid-19) were turned over by top health officials of the Bangsamoro Government’s Health Ministry on Thursday, Jan. 7, to hospitals and health offices from Maguindanao and Lanao del Sur.
Dr. Amirel Usman, officer-in-charge of the Ministry, said the logistics will help in the efforts of each hospital to fight against the virus, especially with the expected rise of infections in January and the threat of the new Covid-19 variant.
Usman said the logistics include 14,500 sets of personal protective equipment, 11,500 boxes of three-ply medical grade face masks, 3,000 medical gloves, 400 boxes of rapid antigen test kits, 2,500 hygiene kits, and 22 sets of air filters.
The logistics were received by hospital chiefs and health officials of Cotabato Regional and Medical Center (CRMC), Amai Pakpak Medical Center (APMC), Cotabato Sanitarium Hospital, Datu Blah T. Sinsuat District Hospital, Marawi City Health Office, Integrated Provincial Health Office of Lanao Del Sur, Integrated Provincial Health Office of Maguindanao.
Next week, similar logistics will be turned over to hospitals and health offices in the island provinces of Basilan, Sulu, and Tawi-Tawi.
Executive Secretary Abdulraof Macacua said the arrival of the pandemic brought new learning and opportunities to learn and value one’s health.
“We will treat this pandemic not as a challenge but an opportunity,” Macacua said.
Chiefs of hospitals and health offices also delivered their response messages.
APMC chief of hospital Dr. Shalimar Raki-in expressed gratitude for this support and said they will continually promote the programs of the regional health ministry.
“We are thankful for the logistics support for this will greatly help in lessening the possible surge of infections in Lanao del Sur,” Raki-in said.
The Bangsamoro Government, according to Usman, is set to procure Covid-19 vaccines with an allocation of Php500 million from the Office of the Chief Minister’s contingency fund.
The MOH is also set to hire health workers intended for Covid-19 response under its fund for 2021.
Usman said the delays of salaries of health workers in the past were due to procedural delays of the budget from the Department of Health central office but these delays will be significantly avoided under the new scheme this year.
As of January 6, the region lodged seven new cases, bringing the total number of cases in the Bangsamoro region to 2,579, with 89 active cases, and 2,392 recoveries. (Bangsamoro Information Office)/PIA ICIC)