By Jhon Aldrin Casinas
As hospitals in Metro Manila catering to patients with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID19) have exceeded their capacity, supplies for personal protective gear are depleting fast.
The Rizal Medical Center in Pasig City has called on the public for donations of personal protective equipment (PPE) and other essential gear it needs to continue with its battle against the disease.
The government-run hospital now needs surgical and N95 masks, gloves, disposable surgical gowns, face shields, disposable booties, protective goggles, 70 percent solution alcohols, and disinfectants.
Donors may contact Dr. Rica Lumague at 0918-916-9571.
The Rizal Med has stressed that the hospital is not soliciting for cash donations.
“We prefer donations in-kind, most especially personal protective equipment,” the Rizal Med said in a social media post.
“We thank you all for your understanding and continuous support to our healthcare workers,” it added.
The Rizal Med is a Department of Health (DOH)-retained teaching and training hospital, which has a capacity of 500 beds.
As the country continues to wage its war against COVID-19, some hospitals and health workers have appealed for donations of PPE and other protective gear as their stocks were now insufficient.
In its Facebook page, the Philippine General Hospital has earlier appealed for donations of surgical and N95 masks, gloves, surgical gowns, disinfectants, goggles, surgical caps, and shoe covers for its health workers.
Volunteer doctors from the Lung Center of the Philippines have also called for donations of PPE and isolation gowns.
For any donations, the public may reach out to Dr. Victoria Idolor at 0917-833-2357 and Dr. Antonio Ramos at 0917-582-4847.
“We are truly grateful for all the work of our frontliners during these times—they are our heroes!” said the Lung Center of the Philippines COVID-19 Task Force in a post.