SUPPORT TO HEALTH WORKERS. Surigao del Sur 2nd District Rep. Johnny Pimentel (4th from left) hands over personal protective equipment, disinfectants, and food packs to the health workers at the district hospitals and health office. The activity is supported by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority through its provincial director, Rey Cueva (3rd from left) and other government line agencies. (Photo courtesy of TESDA-SDS Information Office)
BUTUAN CITY – Health workers and front-liners in government-run hospitals in Surigao del Sur received personal protective equipment (PPE) and food packs from Surigao del Sur 2nd District Rep. Johnny Pimentel and the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).
TESDA-Surigao del Sur director Rey Cueva said the PPE, disinfectants, hand gloves, facemasks, and food packs were handed over to the staff and front-liners at the Hinatuan District Hospital in Hinatuan town and Bislig District Hospital in Bislig City and the city’s health office, and Lingig Community Hospital in Lingig town.
Cueva said Friday’s distributions gave health workers and front-liners with amply supply of PPE and other essential needs for them to continue the fight against the 2019 coronavirus disease (Covid-19).
“Congressman Pimentel wants to make sure that our health workers and front-liners are protected as they risk themselves in providing health services to the people of Surigao del Sur in the midst of this pandemic,” Cueva said.
He added that other groups also joined the collaborative efforts of Rep. Pimentel and TESDA-SDS, including the cluster member agencies of the Poverty Reduction, Livelihood and Employment Cluster (PRLEC) of the Ending the Local Communist Armed Conflict (ELCAC) in Surigao del Sur and the members of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Association of Surigao del Sur, Inc. (TVETASS).
Cueva said the donation consists of 544 liters of alcohol (disinfectant), 800 pieces of washable face masks, 12 boxes of hand gloves, 80 food packs, and 40 kilos of fresh American lemons.
The food packs contain canned goods and packs of instant coffee.
Pimentel also handed over two brand new ambulances to Bislig District Hospital and Hinatuan District Hospital on Friday.
He also inspected the construction of the two-story ward building at the Hinatuan District Hospital.
Cueva said the recent activity is part of the “Bayanihan to Heal as One Act” which calls for inter-agency partnership and collaboration in the mobilization of assistance to mitigate transmission of Covid-19. (ia/PNA)