The Department of Health (DOH) has procured one million sets of personal protective equipment (PPE) for healthcare workers worth P1.8 billion in their fight against the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
Each set of PPE includes head gear, goggles, N95 mask, gloves, apron, and a gown, Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said during a virtual press briefing.
The DOH is awaiting the delivery of the PPE sets.
“Bagaman bibigyang prayoridad ang mga healthcare workers sa ating mga pampublikong ospital, meron din po tayong nakalaan para po sa ibang pampubliko at pribadong ospital, maging ang mga ospital na labas sa Luzon na nangangailangan ng PPE,” Vergeire added.
The DOH said hospitals in need of PPEs can make a request through email@example.com.
The continued rise of COVID-19 cases in the country has caused the PPE stocks of several hospitals to run low.
The lack of PPEs has also forced healthcare workers to seek alternatives, such as recycled plastic bottles.
Several donors have donated to fill the gap in supply, including the Chinese government, San Miguel Corporation, and donations given to the Office of the Vice President (OVP), among many others.
The OVP on Sunday said it was working with fashion designers to mass produce PPEs.
Even ordinary citizens have volunteered to help address the shortage of protective gear.
As of Monday afternoon, the Philippines has 1,546 COVID-19 cases with 78 deaths and 42 recoveries.
Meanwhile, the University of the Philippines-Philippine General Hospital (UP-PGH) on Monday launched its operations center for COVID-19 concerns.
In a Facebook post, the PGH Medical Foundation announced the launch of the operations center, as well as its hotline for patients, donors and volunteers.
The COVID-19 Bayanihan Operations Center can be reached at 155-200.
They will be accepting health-related questions, and queries on donations and volunteering./Stacy Ang