DOH says it distributed 100,000 face masks, other PPEs for health workers

Kristine Sabillo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 26 2020 10:29 PM

MANILA—The Department of Health on Thursday said it continues to supply personal protective equipment (PPE) to its health care workers.

During a televised briefing, Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said his department gave out 80,997 surgical masks, 27,560 N95 masks, 34,439 gloves and various PPEs such as isolation gowns, shoe covers, head covers, goggles, face shields, coveralls, aprons, disinfectant powder and alcohol.

Duque said this as reports arose that referral hospitals for COVID-19, such as the Lung Center of the Philippines, do not have enough PPE sets.

Following this news, the DOH announced guidelines on how health facilities can request for PPEs. This involves sending a request letter to [email protected]

The DOH and the World Health Organization have said there is a global shortage in medical supplies because of the pandemic. 

Meanwhile, Duque said health officials are revising the earlier projection that about 75,00 Filipinos can be infected with COVID-19 in three or more months.

He said researchers from the Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS), the Asian Institute of Management (AIM), the Department of Science and Technology, Ateneo de Manila University and University of the Philippines is helping the DOH “refine and estimate the different scenarios (that can happen) based on what we are doing.”

Duque said Filipinos can see the effect of the enhanced community quarantine on the COVID-19 cases in two weeks’ time.

The government has imposed a lockdown on Luzon to curb the spread of COVID-19. It is hoping to “flatten the curve” or slow down the outbreak to allow the health sector to prepare and deal with the increasing number of cases. The strategy of flattening the curve is meant to reduce the number of fatalities.