By John Unson
COTABATO CITY – Two hospitals got each a P1-million worth ventilator for COVID-19 patients procured from a foreign supplier through the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
The Sanitarium Hospital in Sultan Kudarat in Maguindanao and Cotabato Regional Medical Center in Cotabato City received the ventilators on Thursday.
Bangsamoro Local Government Minister Naguib Sinarimbo and the region’s acting health minister, physician Amirel Usman had facilitated the release.
Representatives from UNDP and from the office of Bangsamoro Chief Minister Ahod Ebrahim witnessed the event, held in Cotabato City. Sinarimbo oversees the Rapid Emergency Action on Disaster Incidence (READI) of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM).
UNDP helped in the purchase of the ventilators. The UN agency has humanitarian programs in the five Bangsamoro provinces.
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Physicians Helen Yambao and Ibrahim Pangato, chiefs of the CRMC and the Sanitarium Hospital, respectively, thanked BARMM in separate messages during a simple turnover rite.
BARMM had earlier built a P22-million COVID-19 isolation facility in the compound of the Sanitarium Hospital in the Pinarang Area in nearby Sultan Kudarat town.
Besides the ventilators, READI also provided both hospitals with an electric air purifier each and more than a hundred kilos of biohazard protection supplies that medical personnel can use when handling patients infected with coronavirus.