The Filipino Chinese Community of Cagayan de Oro has delivered needed medical supplies to assist two government hospitals at the front line of the fight against the COVID-19 coronavirus in Northern Mindanao (Region X).
On Monday, March 23, 2020, the group delivered to the Northern Mindanao Medical Center (NMMC) the first tranche of medical supplies worth P1-million earlier requested by hospital chief Dr. Jose Chan for health care workers.
The NMMC is the only hospital in Region X with the capability to test and treat CONVID-19 Patients Under Investigation (PUI).
NMMC representative Domingo Gobalane received the truckload of locally purchased supplies worth P365,000 from CDO Filipino-Chinese Community President Sonny Choi, COVID-19 Response Committee Chair Efren Uy and other active members of the group at a local restaurant to reduce the risk of infection to the donors.
The initial shipment consisted of 60 cartons rubbing alcohol and sanitizing gel, two units knapsack sprayer, 12 pails disinfectant solution (chlorine), safety goggles, rubber boots, protective raincoats with pants, face shields, and 50 cartons disposable water tissues/paper towels
“The second tranche which we are purchasing outside the city will be arriving end of the month, and includes N95 face masks, chemical suits, gloves, shoe covers, hazardous material suits earlier requested by Dr. Chan,” Uy said.
Although DOH Region X regional director Dr. Adrian Suba-an announced earlier Sunday, March 22nd, that “ten PUIs have tested negative to COVID-19”, Chan clarified Monday that the number of PUIs in NMMC remain the same at 10 (with one in critical condition) because while some have been discharged, still other new cases have been admitted.
During the same press conference, Cagayan de Oro City Mayor read the latest updates on COVID-19 cases in Northern Mindanao (Region X).
“The DOH-10 data lists 58 PUIs, of whom 17 have been admitted to hospitals; 111 are under home quarantine and a further 1,579 are Persons Under Monitoring (PUMs). There was one fatality originating from outside the region that expired last March 13 with no further fatalities to date.”
Dr. Claire Paglinawan of the City Health Office also said the continuing house-to-house canvassing of possible COVID-19 cases has found 453 persons under monitoring (PUM) under home quarantine, and 149 who have already ended their mandatory 14-day quarantine period.
Moreno also reported that the NMMC, the J.R. Borja General Hospital and other private hospitals in the city are working out harmonized and synchronized operations, among which are moving maternal deliveries and minor cases from NMMC and JRBGH to the private hospitals.
Later this month, Uy said the CDO Filipino Chinese Community will also be donating urgently needed medical supplies worth P500, 000 earlier requested by the J.R. Borja General Hospital through Dr Liova de Guia, for 30 pcs. Virusolve Trigger Spray, 20 boots, Virusolve for soaking (10 gallons), individual sterile surgical gowns with set-in sleeves (1,500 pcs), N95 masks (1,500 pcs), 1,500 yellow aprons, and 30 spore clear wipes
The Filipino-Chinese Community of Cagayan de Oro includes 21 community organizations, including family associations, chambers of commerce, schools, martial arts, civic and religious fraternities.
These including the following: Misamis Oriental Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Inc.; Mindanao Council for the Promotion of Peaceful Reunification of China in the Philippines; Cagayan de Oro Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Inc.; Cagayan de Oro You We Tong Civic & Religious Fraternity, Inc.; Oro Christian Grace School; Misamis Oriental Liong Tek Fraternity Association, Inc.; Sejo-Lim Family Association-Northern Mindanao Chapter; Cagayan de Oro Bell Church Foundation, Inc.; Kong Hua School; Cagayan de Oro Volunteer Fire Brigade, Inc.; Phil. Wushu Federation-Cagayan de Oro Chapter; Phil. Kim Mun Association-Misamis Oriental Chapter ; Cagayan Gospel Church ; Cagayan de Oro Filipino-Chinese Amity Club; Cagayan de Oro San Lorenzo Filipino-Chinese Catholic Community; Philippine Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc.-Misamis Oriental Chapter; Philippine Chinese High School Alumni Association-Cagayan de Oro Chapter; Misamis Oriental Progressive Mason Temple, Inc.; Kong Hua School, Inc.; and the Chee Kung Tong Chinese Free Mason Misamis Oriental Branch.