DOH-CALABARZON Regional Director Eduardo C. Janairo turns over the keys and documents of the five land ambulances to representatives of rural health units, hospitals, and local government units during the awarding ceremony at the DOH regional office in Proj. 4, Quezon City on Monday, September 28, 2020.
Text by Glen Ramos / Photo by Benjie Cuaresma
The Department of Health (DOH)-Calabarzon on Tuesday, 29 September 2020 released another set of five (5) land ambulances for Covid-19 response and other emergencies in remote areas of the region.
Among the recipients were Alabat Island District Hospital in Quezon; San Jose RHU, Mataas na Kahoy RHU in Batangas; Malagasang 2 BHS in Cavite; Victoria RHU in Laguna and Ternate RHU in Cavite.
“We have to ensure that every rural health unit and government hospital in the region have one land ambulance to provide emergency service and transfer patient from one health facility to another to maintain the continuity of medical care. Kailangang fully equipped at may mga lifesaving equipment na nakalagay including communication device for the management and care of the patient,” DOH Regional Director Eduardo C. Janairo said during the turn-over ceremony held at the regional office in Project 4, Quezon City.
Each unit of the land ambulances has with it medical supplies and equipment needed for emergency including automatic external defibrillator, nebulizer, portable suction machine, examining light, aneroid sphygmomanometer, folding stretcher, scoop stretcher, heavy duty stethoscope, and oxygen cylinder.
“With all these land ambulances in place, we can expedite our Covid response in the region. Mas mabilis na ang pagresponde at pagdadala ng mga covid patients sa ating mga health facilities,” he added.
CALABARZON has a total of 37,424 covid cases as of September 27, 2020. There are 19,521 recoveries recorded and 881 deaths. Active cases are at 17,022.
Laguna tops the province with the highest number of cases with 11,897, followed by Cavite with 10,213, Rizal with 6,979; Batangas, 6,540; and Quezon, 1,705.
One LED TV set complete with Health Education and Communication (IEC) materials, including information and updates on the COVID-19 and other health programs of DOH were also given each to Malagasang 2 BHS and Alabat Island District Hospital for their information dissemination campaign. (Elami Go)