Spanish officials paid tribute to Filipino health workers by providing them with essential medical supplies and equipment to augment their capabilities in fighting the dreaded coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19.
Spanish Ambassador to the Philippines Jorge Moragas, Spain Economic Counselor of the Commercial Office Pedro Pascual, Director and President of the Spanish Official Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Navigation in the Philippines, Bárbara Apariz and Peter Hager, respectively, joined hands in donating P10.4 million-worth of medical and health protection equipment to Philippine General Hospital (PGH) in order to better protect the population against the virus and help the most seriously ill.
“The fight against the coronavirus encompasses all sectors of society. Institutions, such as Fundación MAPFRE, are called, more than ever, to take action on this crisis with solutions that will create the most possible impact,” highlighted President and CEO of MAPFRE Insurance Tirso Abad, who has shown himself proud of the company’s social commitment and has expressed his wish that “more entities join this effort.”
Equipment which include a respirator, five infusion pumps, 24 cardiorespiratory monitors, 200 ventilation circuits, 300 silicone resuscitators, 150 disposable gowns, and 500 FFP2 masks were personally handed over by Abad and MAPFRE Vice President of Human Resources Kimmy Alegarbes.
The Philippine General Hospital, which is the beneficiary association of the donation drive, were represented by its Medical Director, Dr. Gerardo Legaspi, Vice Chancellor of UP-PGH, Dr. Michael Tee, Head of Donations Arm of the COVID-19 Bayanihan Na! Operations Center, Dr. Anthony Perez, along with several members and representatives of the COVID Crisis Committee -19 of the hospital.
The Philippine General Hospital, located in the city of Manila, is the largest public hospital in the country and has been officially chosen by the Government and the Department of Health as a strategic center to care for people infected by COVID-19 in the capital. Part of the country’s government strategy to fight the pandemic is to prepare institutions in the event of a massive outbreak and equip hospitals with as many ICU beds, respirators, and cardiorespiratory monitors as possible.