PCSO donates 180K face masks to frontliners in metro hospitals

March 27, 2020

THE Philippine Red Cross (PRC) has donated nearly 180,000 face masks to doctors, nurses, and other hospital frontliners fighting the dreaded coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) at various hospitals in Metro Manila.

PRC said the hospitals are Chinese General Hospital and Medical Center; Mary Johnston Hospital; Caloocan City Medical Center; Ospital ng Paranaque; Navotas City Hospital; Novaliches District Hospital; Ospital ng Maynila Medical Center; Ospital ng Muntinlupa; Gat Andres Bonifacio Memorial Medical Center; Ospital ng Tondo; and Justice Jose Abad Santos General Hospital.

The other hospitals given masks are  Taguig Pateros District Hospital; San Juan Medical Center; Quezon City General Hospital; Rosario Maclang Bautista General Hospital; Ospital ng Makati; Mandaluyong City Medical Hospital; Pasig City general Hospital; Pasig City Children’s Hospital; Ospital ng Sampaloc; Ospital ng Tondo; Sta. Ana Hospital; and Novaliches District Hospital and Philippine General Hospital.

“We are here to support our hospitals as they perform and do their best to take care of those who are sick and possibly sick with the virus,” PRC Chairman Richard Gordon said in a statement.

Since the outbreak of COVID-19, PRC has provided  a total of 177, 400 surgical masks to 22 hospitals in the metropolis.

The humanitarian organization also gave facemasks and personal protective equipment (PPEs) to frontline government agencies, such as the Bureau of Customs and the Department of Foreign Affairs, and to Hong Kong-bound overseas Filipino workers.

Also the humanitarian organization set up emergency tents at hospitals as the number of COVID-19 cases continue to rise.

PRC said the third emergency tent was  set up near Philippine General Hospital last March 25. It is for hospital's triage and will be used as admission area where arriving patients will be screened after they were referred to the hospital as either persons under investigation (PUIs).