Basilan health workers get protective gear

DEPUTY Speaker and Basilan Rep. Mujiv Hataman led a fund raising campaign to provide the health workers of his province with the protective gear they need in preventing the spread of coronavirus disease or COVID-19.

The local government unit of Basilan distributes personal protective equipment (PPEs) and other medical supplies to healthcare units.

"Sama-sama tayong lumalaban sa COVID-19, pero ang mga nasa frontlines ay mas kailangan ng ating suporta at proteksyon dahil sila ang ating mga sundalo sa digmaang ito. Kaya mahalaga na handa tayo at mayroong proteksyon sa ating mga frontliners. No town or city can fully prepare for an epidemic of this magnitude, but we get ready in ways we know how," Hataman, former governor of the now-defunct ARMM, said.

"Hindi dapat tayo makarinig na may nagkakasakit, nahahawa o namamatay na frontliner dahil kulang ang proteksyon nila at kagamitan. If we want to win this war, we have to arm and protect them as they risk their lives fighting this dreaded disease," he added.

Hataman is happy to announce that so far Basilan remains COVID-free.

The Basilan legislator said his office was able to purchase two disinfection tents, 1,940 units of Personal Protective Equipment or PPEs (hazmat only), 50 units PPE set (head cover, goggles, facemask, hazmat, gown, shoe cover), 1,000 pieces N95 masks and 500 gallons of alcohol, among others. He said his office also secured donations from the Department of Health of N95 masks surgical gloves and surgical masks.

He also said they aided LGUs such as Isabela City and Sumisip in bring medical supplies to Basilan from Manila. These include additional disinfection tents, multivitamins and Vitamin C tablets, thermal guns, BP apparatus sets, stethoscopes, more PPEs, surgical masks, surgical gloves, two drums of chlorine and other medical supplies.

These supplies were given to hospitals and LGUs in need of protective gear.

Likewise he thanked the Western Mindanao Command for helping them bring the supplies from the Zamboanga Airport to the Port of Isabela in Basilan and the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) for allowing the transport of the items. He also expressed gratitude to the Basilan police force and Army forces for helping them deliver these supplies to the intended recipients.

"And our efforts to fortify our frontliner strongholds -- the hospitals and LGUs in Basilan -- will continue in the coming days. At balak naming tumulong na din sa ibang lugar kung kinakailangang maghatid ng PPEs at medical supplies sa kanila," he stated.

Aside from distributing PPEs and medical supplies to frontliners in Basilan, Hataman's office also mounted a relief drive for Basileños stranded in Metro Manila due to the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ). Packs consisting of rice, sardines, bread, coffee and halal corned beef have been distributed to over 2,000 stranded Basileños as of this writing.