BUTUAN CITY – The continuing fight to contain the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) in Caraga Region gained a boost after Presidential Peace Adviser and national policy against Covid-19 chief implementer Carlito Galvez Jr. handed over personal protective equipment (PPE) and rapid testing kits that will be distributed to the different local government units (LGUs) in the area.
Galvez on Saturday turned over to the Caraga Region a total of 2,000 PPE and 15,000 rapid testing kits.
“Thank you so much, Secretary Carlito Galvez, NTF Covid-19 chief implementer, for your visit to Caraga Region,” Agusan del Norte Governor Dale Corvera, who heads the Regional Task Force against Covid-19 in the region, said in a statement posted in his Facebook account.
Galvez, together with medical experts, met with the top leaders in the region to discuss the status of efforts of the LGUs to contain the spread of Covid-19, and discuss ways to strengthen the continuing responses.
Galvez, together with Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) chief of staff Assistant Secretary Wilben Mayor, Dr. Gloria Balboa of the DOH, and medical experts Dr. Anthony Leachon, Dr. Ted Herbosa, and Dr. Manuel Bueno, also inspected the ongoing renovation at the Butuan Medical Center (BMC).
The renovation is aimed to increase the capacity of the center to handle more suspect, probable and confirmed cases of Covid-19.
Butuan City Mayor Ronnie Vicente Lagnada also updated Galvez that BMC is now equipped with the Hepa filtration system, 75 non-invasive ventilators, and five invasive ventilators.
Lagnada said the city government of Butuan has already purchased 10,000 pieces of goggles and PPE, 75,000 pieces of N95 masks, and 50,000 pieces of first-class rapid anti-body test kits.
The meeting was also attended by Agusan del Norte 2nd District Rep. Maria Angelica Amante-Matba, Department of Health Caraga Region (DOH-13) director Jose Llacuna Jr. and representatives from other line agencies of the government. (ia/PNA)