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Red Cross gives 20,000 face masks to PGH staff 

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The Philippine Rec Cross (PRC) provided 20,000 face masks and 2, 000 personal protective equipment to the doctors and medical staff of the Philippine General Hospital (PGH) on March 16, 2020.

Noel Demetrio, of PGH’s administrator’s office, said the almost 4,000 administration and medical personnel of their hospital will benefit from the faces masks and PPE given by PRC.

“We really need these medical equipment as we have more than 500 doctors, and about 4, 000 medical employees. We salute PRC because this is a big thing for us so that we would not get infected,” he said in Filipino.

In behalf of the medical professionals of PGH, he thanked PRC for donating such essential protective gears.

“We really need these. We really do not know where to find these face masks. We are very grateful to the PRC, the entire PGH because of this help. We are indebted to PRC,” Demetrio said.

PRC Chairman Richard Gordon said it is important to ensure that the country’s frontliners are well-equipped in dealing with the COVID-19.

According to PRC, the face masks were donated by the Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI), Globe and Ayala Corporation.

Earlier, PRC had given 5, 000 face masks to the PGH.

“We want to give the doctors all the equipment humanly possible needed so they could operate. Our frontliners come in contact daily contact with infected persons so we have to ensure that they are well-protected. If we lose the doctors and nurses—who are the real heroes here—it’s curtains for us. Maraming mamamatay,” the PRC chairman said in a statement.

The humanitarian organization has been providing face masks to hospitals, government agencies dealing with possible carriers of the disease and overseas Filipino workers to help stem the spread of the virus in the country.

“We have given people leaving for Hong Kong and Macau daily for the last 2 weeks. We’ve given masks to frontliners in DFA (office of consular affairs), Bureau of Customs, LGU city hospitals in NCR (Ospital ng Maynila, Tondo, Sampaloc, Gat Andres, Jose Abad Santos) and Sorsogon hospitals. We also sent masks to our chapters in the Red Cross,” Gordon added.

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