US donates P14.8-M in protective equipment to PGH, other COVID-19 treatment centers

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Posted at Jul 20 2020 02:08 PM

US donates P14.8-M in protective equipment to PGH, other COVID-19 treatment centers 1
DTRA and USAID staff meet with Philippine General Hospital Director Dr. Gerardo Legaspi, and deliver a donation of more than Php3.6 million in PPE. US Embassy in Manila Photo

MANILA — The United States has donated P14.8 million worth of personal protective equipment to the Philippine General Hospital and other COVID-19 treatment centers in the Philippines, its embassy in Manila said Monday.

"During this month, which began with a commemoration of Philippine-American Friendship Day, we are honored to support our Filipino friends, partners, and allies with the PPE they need to assist communities confronting the pandemic,” U.S. ambassador Sung Kim said in a statement.

“This delivery of PPE demonstrates our ongoing commitment to the Philippines to stop COVID-19," he said.

The donation is made through the US Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA), in coordination with the US Agency for International Development, the statement said.

“We are proud to support brave Filipino medical workers to ensure they are safe and healthy while providing essential medical care to those affected by this deadly virus," said Dr. Robert Pope, director of the DTRA’s Cooperative Threat Reduction Program.

"We value our longstanding partnerships in the Philippines," Pope said.

The US government said its assistance to the Philippines’ COVID-19 response efforts is estimated at nearly P981 million already.

The Philippines reported 2,241 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Sunday bringing the country’s total to 67,456, with 22,465 recoveries and 1,831 fatalities.