TAGUM CITY—The Local Government Unit of Tagum City donated a highly-needed medical equipment requested by the Davao Regional Medical Center as part of the local government’s effort to help strengthen DRMC’s capability to treat COVID-19 patients.
Mayor Allan Rellon on Wednesday, May 6, 2020, personally handed over the video laryngoscope equipment purchased by the local government for the use of DRMC, one of the public institutions designated as COVID-19 hospital in Davao Region.
The equipment will be primarily used for COVID-19 patients, said DRMC Hospital Chief Bryan Dalid who extended his gratitude to the local government for this timely donation.
This equipment utilizes video camera technology to visualize airway structures and facilitate endotracheal intubation.
According to City General Services Officer Jalmaida Jamiri Morales, the LGU allocated 140,000 pesos for the purchase of the equipment.
This is part of the on-going partnership between LGU Tagum and DRMC as the two lead in the frontlines in the city’s battle against COVID-19.
Last week, the City Government of Tagum also announced that it is pitching in some four million pesos for the establishment of a COVID-19 testing laboratory to be managed by DRMC.
The proposed laboratory will be equipped with a real-time polymerase chain reaction or PCR detection system and other equipment. The facility will also be designed to handle infectious materials based on guidelines from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Department of Health (DOH).
The facility will supplement the testing being done at the Southern Philippines Medical Center, currently the only recognized subnational referral center for the disease in Mindanao.
Aside from Tagum, the local governments of Panabo and Island Garden City of Samal donated three million pesos each, while the provincial government has set aside two million pesos to build the province’s first COVID-19 testing facility. Louie Lapat/CIO Tagum