Capitol pressed to buy more medicines, equipment for hospitals
FOURTH District Board Member Jeremy Agerico Rosario filed a resolution urging Governor Amado Espino III, through the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management Emerging Infectious Diseases and the Provincial Health Office to facilitate the emergency purchases of much needed medicines, materials and equipment to augment the capabilities of local hospitals in fighting the COVID-19 contagion.
Citing how overwhelmed hospitals have become and more medical front liners were becoming victims of the virus themselves, Rosario urged that the provincial government to facilitate the provision of adequate medicines, and equipment for the hospitals to enable them meet the challenges posed by increasing active COVID-19 cases that have since ballooned to almost 5,000.
A medical doctor himself, Rosario said the province should stockpile on Remdicivir and Tocilizumab; find sources for more field oxygen tanks, including high flow oxygen devices and to check conditions of four ventilators in each of the district hospital.
He also asked the provincial government to buy more personal protective equipment before the supply completely runs out and to buy more body bags anticipating more casualties during the surge.
Rosario said in one hospital that he visited, he found out that 70 percent of its in-patients were either infected by COVID-19 or Persons Under Investigation (PUIs). (Leonardo Micua)
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