Nur-Ali A. Macabalang
Buoyed by higher authorities’ standing citation for its utmost response to COVID-19 pandemic threats, the Bangsamoro autonomous government via its Rapid Emergency Action on Disaster Incidence (READI) turned over on Thursday two ventilators and other anti-pandemic gadgets to recipient medical facilities.
Regional spokesman and Local Government Minister Naguib Sinarimbo, who heads the READI program, presided over the turnover ceremony to officials of the recipient entities – the Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao-based Cotabato Sanitarium (CotSAn) and the Cotabato Regional Medical Center (CRMC) based here.
Each of Dr. Ibrahim Pangato of CotSan and Dr. Helen Yambao of CRMC received one unit of mechanical ventilator, air purifier, sets of PPEs, vitamins and hygiene kits, according to READI media liaison officer Myrna Joe Henry.
The two ventilators were among ten (10) complete sets of such equipment purchased by the regional government in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP.
In his ceremonial message, Minister Sinarimbo acknowledged the UNDP for its support in the regional governance at its stage of infancy in years to come, even as he deemed their acquisition of ventilators as vital in the stride to contain the spread of COVID-19 virus in Bangsamoro communities.
“We hope the equipment will serve the people who need it the most. We also hope that beyond partnership, we will help one another in identifying our weak points and vulnerabilities with regards to our fight against COVID-19 so we can come up with better solutions and integrate them in the programs of the Ministry,” Sinarimbo pointed out.
The eight other sets of ventilators will be donated in next ceremonies to Datu Blah Sinsuat town in Maguindanao, the IPHO of Lanao del Sur, Montañer Hospital in Lanao Sur, The Amai-Pakpak Medical Center in Marawi, health office of Basilan, the Sulu hospital, the IPHO of Tawi-Tawi, and Datu Halon Hospital.
Thursday’s ceremony here was witnessed by Dr. Amieril Usman, officer-in-charge of the Health Ministry, and Mikkoh Ortuoste, the Project Officer of UNDP-Cotabato City office.
The Bangsamoro region’s convergent stride against COVI-19 pandemic has earlier earned citation from Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr., the Presidential Peace Adviser and chairperson of the National Inter-Agency Task Force on the management of anti-pandemic operations. (NAM)