US donates over 1K cots to PH for Covid-19 patients and frontliners

US donates over 1K cots to PH for Covid-19 patients and frontliners

The United States of America through its Ambassador here Sung Kim just donated nearly 1,300 cots for the patients and front-liners to be used in the ongoing battle against the novel coronavirus 2019 disease or COVID-19.

The said cots were originally intended for the Balikatan 2020 joint military exercises, were turned over by US Ambassador to Manila Sung Kim to Department Foreign Affairs (DFA) Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. and Undersecretary Ricardo Jalad of the Office of Civil Defense (OCD).

"We stand together with the Philippines, as both of our nations work to save lives and protect our people in the fight against Covid-19," Kim said during the ceremony.
US Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim turned over nearly 1,300 cots to help the Philippines in its response against Covid-19. The handover ceremony was attended by Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. and Office of the Civil Defense Undersecretary Ricardo Jalad. (Photo credit to US Embassy in Manila)

Over 1,100 cots were donated to OCD to aid Covid-19 patients, while at least 150 were given to frontline health professionals and patients at the Philippine General Hospital who are providing critical diagnosis, treatment, and care.

Aside from the cots, the country’s mutual defense ally is also providing an additional USD1.3 million in health assistance to the Philippines, bringing its total aid to USD4 million or approximately PHP204 million. Washington announced the initial USD2.7 million or around PHP139 million aid last March.

The total amount is intended to support the Philippines laboratory system preparedness, case-finding and event-based surveillance, technical expert response and preparedness, risk communication, and infection prevention.

According to the US Embassy, the US has given the Philippines  more than PHP29.5 billion in assistance to strengthen and develop the Philippine health system in the last 20 years.

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