The Filipino Chinese Community of Cagayan de Oro is mobilizing much needed medical supplies to assist two government hospitals at the front line of the fight against the COVID-19 coronavirus.
“We will be donating P1-million worth of medical supplies requested by the Northern Mindanao Medical Center on Monday, March 23, 2020, to assist them in coping with the influx of persons under investigations (PUI) and persons under monitoring (PUM),” said Efren Uy, committee chairman of the Cagayan de Oro Filipino-Chinese Community for the COVID-19 assistance project.
Uy said the first tranche of supplies worth P250,000 to be turned over to NMCC Chief Administration Officer Aurelia Tacandong are locally purchased and include 60 cartons rubbing alcohol, two units knapsack sprayer, 12 pails disinfectant solution (chlorine), safety goggles, rubber boots, protective raincoats with pants, face shields, and disposable water tissues/paper towels
“The second tranche worth P750,000 which we are purchasing outside the city will be arriving end of the month, and includes N95 face masks, chemical suits, gloves, shoe covers, hazardous material suits earlier requested by NMMC Chief Dr. Jose Chan for healthcare workers,” Uy added.
“It is our fervent hope that this request be granted to assure that we will not be at any risk of contracting the diseases and to further boost the morale of our health care practitioners who are always ready to serve as front liners during this time of crisis,” Chan wrote in his letter to Uy.
During the latest daily press conference held at the Cagayan de Oro City Hall, Chan reported that one of the 12 Persons Under Investigation (PUIs) at NMMC is in critical condition, one is improving.
Later the same evening, Dr. Adrian Suba-an, DOH Region X regional director announced that “four PUIs have tested negative to SARS CoV-2 (causative agent of COVID-19) with no viral RNA detected.”
During the same press conference, Cagayan de Oro City Mayor read the latest updates on COVID-19 cases in Northern Mindanao (Region X).
“The DOH-10 data lists 58 PUIs, of whom 17 have been admitted to hospitals; 111 are under home quarantine and a further 1,579 are Persons Under Monitoring (PUMs). There was one fatality originating from outside the region who expired last March 13 with no further fatalities to date.”
Moreno also reported that the NMMC, the J.B. Borja General Hospital and other private hospitals in the city are working out harmonized and synchronized operations, among which are moving maternal deliveries and minor cases from NMMC and JRBGH to the private hospitals.
The CDO Filipino Chinese Community is also mobilizing another P500,000 worth of donations earlier requested by the J.R. Borja General Hospital through Dr Liova de Guia, for 30 Virusolve Trigger Spray, 20 boots, Virusolve for soaking (10 gallons), Individual sterile surgical gown with set-in sleeves (1,500 pcs), N95 masks (1,500 pcs), 1,500 yellow aprons, and 30 spore clear wipes
The Filipino-Chinese Community of Cagayan de Oro under the current leadership of President Sonny Choi includes 21 community organizations, including family associations, chambers of commerce, schools, martial arts, civic and religious fraternities.
These including the following: Misamis Oriental Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Inc.; Mindanao Council for the Promotion of Peaceful Reunification of China in the Philippines; Cagayan de Oro Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Inc.; Cagayan de Oro You We Tong Civic & Religious Fraternity, Inc.; Oro Christian Grace School; Misamis Oriental Liong Tek Fraternity Association, Inc.; Sejo-Lim Family Association-Northern Mindanao Chapter; Cagayan de Oro Bell Church Foundation, Inc.; Kong Hua School; Cagayan de Oro Volunteer Fire Brigade, Inc.; Phil. Wushu Federation-Cagayan de Oro Chapter; Phil. Kim Mun Association-Misamis Oriental Chapter ; Cagayan Gospel Church ; Cagayan de Oro Filipino-Chinese Amity Club; Cagayan de Oro San Lorenzo Filipino-Chinese Catholic Community; Philippine Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc.-Misamis Oriental Chapter; Philippine Chinese High School Alumni Association-Cagayan de Oro Chapter; Misamis Oriental Progressive Mason Temple, Inc.; Kong Hua School, Inc.; and the Chee Kung Tong Chinese Free Mason Misamis Oriental Branch.