Bangsamoro Region

Marawi hospital gets ventilators, other supplies from BARMM

By Edwin Fernandez

NEW MEDICAL EQUIPMENT. MOH-BARMM Minister Latiph Bashary (center) checks the new equipment and supplies his office turned over to the Amai Pakpak Medical Center in Marawi City over the weekend. The new provisions (inset) included two new mechanical ventilators, three high-flow oxygen machines, personal protective equipment, and various Covid-19 medical supplies. (Photo courtesy of MOH-BARMM)

COTABATO CITY: The Amai Pakpak Medical Center (APMC) in Marawi City got a much-needed boost in its fight against coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) following the delivery of new medical equipment and supplies from the regional health office over the weekend.

Dr. Shalimar Sani-Rakiin, APMC chief of hospital, said they are now using two new mechanical ventilators, three high-flow oxygen machines, personal protective equipment, and various Covid-19 medical supplies from the Ministry of Health–Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (MOH-BARMM).

“We earlier wrote to the MOH-BARMM for the added equipment and supplies to increase our capacity in attending to Covid-19 cases and the regional health office responded quickly,” San-Raiikin said Monday.

“We really need these life-saving equipment urgently considering the spike in Covid-19 cases in Marawi City and Lanao del Sur province recently,” she added.

In December 2020, the APMC is also a recipient of five medical ventilators from the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in the Philippines, in coordination with MOH-BARMM.

Meanwhile, MOH-BARMM Minister Dr. Latiph Bashary has committed to employing more nurses to APMC to address its workforce shortage on its Covid-19 facilities. “We will do it gradually,” he said referring to the APMC workforce shortage.

As of May 22, the Bangsamoro Inter-Agency Task Force has reported 55 Covid-19 patients currently admitted at APMC, and 129 isolated patients in various temporary treatment centers in Lanao del Sur.

Last week, the MOH-BARMM deployed seven physicians and 148 new midwives in Lanao del Sur to boost healthcare services in the province. 

Philippine News Agency

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