Leonardia sends ‘urgent appeal’ to DOH for 1,000 test kits
After the Iloilo City government recently received cash donations in order to combat the coronavirus disease, or Covid-19, including P3.5 million from Henann Group of Resorts founder Henry Chusuey, P1 million from Iloilo Supermart and the Que family, and P1 million from businessman Injap Sia, Mayor Jerry P. Treñas announced he will purchase 2,500 test kits worth P5.5 million from South Korea.
Meanwhile, an additional P1.6 million donated by businessmen Manuel Po and Tony Jon, along with Unitop, will also be used to procure 1,300 test kits developed by University of the Philippines.
“These businessmen were kind enough to donate kag ibulig sa aton (These businessmen were kind enough to donate in order to help up),” the mayor said.
Treñas also said 1,000 sets of personal protective equipment have also been ordered for City Hall personnel who are at high risk of exposure to the virus.
“Gusto naton ang tanan nga mga health personnel naton fully protected (We want all of our health professionals to be fully protected),” he added.
Meanwhile, Bacolod City Mayor Evelio Leonardia issued an urgent appeal to Department of Health Secretary Francisco Duque III last week for 1,000 UTM, or universal transport medium, swabs.
After citing 11 patients under investigation and 1,123 persons under monitoring in the city, the mayor wrote, “It is quite possible that the actual number of positive cases could be more.”
“Our city has no supply of the ‘swab’ kits,” he noted.
Leonardia also acknowledged DOH will be sending 100 swab kits to the province, of which 20 will go to the Bacolod City Health Office, and requested the cabinet official to send additional units.
“Is it possible please to immediately allocate more for Bacolod to supplement the 20 units that we are expecting,” he pleaded in his letter./WDJ