PH Air Force's C-130 flies to China for important COVID-19 laboratory equipment

PH Air Force's C-130 flies to China for important COVID-19 laboratory equipment

The Philippine government sent its Philippine Air Force (PAF) C-130 aircraft to China to pick up an important cargo in the country’s fight against the novel coronavirus 2019 or COVID-19.

The PAF C-130 landed at Shenzhen, China to pick up BGI COVID-19 laboratory equipmentApril 21.

“The Philippine Air Force’s C130 plane just landed at Shenzhen, China to pick up the BGI COVID-19 laboratory equipment worth US$2.5M,” the Department of Health (DOH) said. “The laboratory equipment, which can be set up in 7-10 days, can do up to 45,000 COVID-19 tests!” according to the Department of Health (DOH) Facebook account.

(photo credit to DOH FB account)

“The Philippine Government, thru the grant assistance from the Asian Development Bank, secured these equipment to strengthen the testing capacity of the country,” DOH said.

(photo credit to DOH FB account)

PAF’s role in this time of pandemic.

As reported in the Philippine News Agency, The Philippine Air Force (PAF)s has been silently doing its important role in the country’s battle against COVID-19.

As of date the PAF’s fleet of Lockheed C-130 “Hercules” cargo planes have airlifted some 89,775.36 kilograms of government-procured personal protective equipment (PPE) sets from March 31 to April 19.

“From March 31 to April 19, 2020, PAF C-130(s) have transported a total of 89,755.36 (kilograms) of government-procured PPE from Xiamen International Airport in China to Villamor Air Base in Pasay City. The following PPE were composed of sterile and disposable protective suits, medical goggles, KN95 masks, surgical masks, medical gloves, protective gowns, head covers, surgical caps, and shoe covers,” Air Force spokesperson Maj. Aristides Galang said in a statement.

Galang said the PAF is currently on its ninth tranche of continuous flights until the completion of the 1 million PPE sets.
“As a standard operating procedure, PAF medical teams and the Chemical Biological Radiological Nuclear Explosives personnel from 710th Special Operations Wing were present during the arrival of (these aircraft), ensuring that all cargoes and personnel present during the said activity underwent preventive disinfection and decontamination process,” he added.

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Report from DOH Facebook Account , PNA

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