PCSO hands over ambulance for high-risk patients

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/26 April) — The city government of Davao received on Sunday one ambulance from the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office specifically intended for high-risk patients of cases like ebola, meningo, rabies, Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) or Middle East Respiratory Syndrome-Corona Virus (MERS-CoV).

The ambulance, turned over Saturday afternoon at the Marco Polo Davao, was received by Mayor Rodrigo R. Duterte and other officials.

According to city council committee on health chair Mary Joselle Villafuerte, the ambulance donation comes after months of requests and hearings starting September last year.

The city originally asked for two ambulances.

In February, a nurse coming from Riyadh volunteered for self-quarantine at the Southern Philippines Medical Center here after feeling flu-like symptoms like cough and fever, one of the indicators of the virus.

The nurse left the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in Jan. 31 and arrived in Manila Feb. 2.

The nurse later tested negative.

In December, the SPMC also cleared an OFW from Sierra Leone from Ebola, after the patient was quarantined at the hospital for 21 days.

At the Francisco Bangoy International Airport, a second thermal scanner for incoming passengers is awaiting the six plantilla positions from the city government. (MindaNews)