The government has sent a 25-person medical team to Davao City to help President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s home city to address cases of rising coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) infections there, said National Task Force Against Covid-19 Chief Implementer Carlito Galvez Jr.
Reporting to President Rodrigo Duterte during a Cabinet meeting about government’s response on Covid-19, Galvez said the reinforcement team comprising six doctors, six nurses, and 13 nursing staff will assist the already “overwhelmed” staff of the Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC) battling a surge of Covid-19 infections in Davao City.
Davao City has seen a 68-percent increase in infection rates in recent days and the task force promised Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio to help the city arrest the spiking number of Covid-19 cases, Galvez said.
Galvez also reported that the task force had previously sent medical equipment and medicines to SPMC to manage severe Covid-19 cases.
“So now, the situation in Davao has somehow stabilized. And we sent high-flow nasal cannulas and supplies of Avigan, so we can help the severe cases there,” he said in Filipino.
Inter-Agency Task Force Chief Implementer for Visayas, retired Major General Melquiades Feliciano and his team, as well as Health Undersecretary Leopoldo Vega are also in Davao City, according to Galvez.
Davao City currently has 298 Covid-19 active cases, 3,942 recoveries, and 270 deaths. SOVEREIGNPH