MANILA – The Office of Civil Defense (OCD) on Thursday started the distribution of sets of personal protective equipment (PPE) to hospitals tagged as coronavirus disease (Covid-19) referral centers.
OCD administrator Ricardo Jalad said the first batch of the around 900,000 PPE sets acquired by the Department of Health (DOH) from China arrived at the Villamor Air Base, Pasay City late Tuesday night.
The DOH acquired these protective equipment to protect health workers manning these medical facilities against Covid-19.
In a statement, Jalad said the first tranche of the PPE sets were transferred to OCD headquarters in Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City on Wednesday to facilitate their delivery to various hospitals.
“Early morning today (Thursday), April 2, 2020, OCD together with the Philippine Coast Guard facilitated the distribution of around 12,000 protective equipment supplies to several Covid-19 referral hospitals,” he added.
Jalad said 2,780 PPE sets were delivered to San Lazaro Hospital, 2,000 to Philippine General Hospital, 770 to East Avenue Medical Center, 2,800 to Lung Center of the Philippines, 2,590 to Dr. Jose Rodriguez Memorial Hospital and Sanitarium, and 1,100 to Armed Forces of the Philippines Medical Center.
Each PPE set consists of a pair goggles, coverall, head cover, gloves, shoe cover, surgical mask, and a surgical gown.
The DOH said more PPE sets are expected to arrive between April 6 to 24. (PNA)