The Philippine Red Cross as of September 7 has tested a total of 718,501 specimens since it opened on April 14 of this year.
The Red Cross at an average is testing 10,000 to 12,000 people every day. Moreover, with the recent opening of Molecular Laboratories in the southern regions of the Philippines, these figures are expected to exponentially increase in the coming weeks.
In Bacolod City, Negros Occidental, the molecular laboratory can process up to 2,000 tests a day to further scale up the country’s capacity in its the fight against the coronavirus in the Western Visayas region.
Meanwhile, the 20th Molecular Laboratory of the Philippine Red Cross was inaugurated on September 4. It is located at Pettit Barracks, Zamboanga City. Similar to the Bacolod facility, it is equipped with two (2) PCR machines and one (1) RNA extractor and has a capacity of 2,000 tests per day. This will not only test people in Zamboanga City, but the whole Zamboanga Peninsula and nearby provinces, including Basilan, Sulu, Tawi-Tawi, Dapitan, Dipolog, Isabela, and Pagadian.
PRC “Helpline (1158)” has been established to take calls related to COVID-19 and service the public. It is operational 24/7 and run by trained volunteers in psychosocial support.
The pandemic has greatly affected our healthcare system because of the decrease in the accessibility and availability of the quality of care and facilities all over the Philippines.
The Red Cross has shown support to the healthcare community and authorities by mobilizing its medical tents. The PRC has set up 71 medical field tents, which served as staging and isolation wards and were set up in different parts of the country with 8,020 people served. The PRC together with IFRC and UNICEF also mobilized additional medical tents in Metro Manila, Laguna and Cebu as cases continued to increase and with limited available rooms in selected hospitals.
The Red Cross was also able to set up tents at the Freeport Area of Bataan to support the factory workers and employees in Mariveles, Bataan.
The Convalescent Plasma Center located at the Port Area, Manila is operating and serving COVID patients in Metro Manila. A total of 145 units were collected and served 118 patients as of this reporting period. The procedure involves the extraction of blood plasma from COVID-19 survivors and giving it to patients who are still battling the disease, as the yellowish blood component is expected to contain antibodies against the virus.
PRC Ambulances were also mobilized to support the DOH with the transportation of suspected and confirmed COVID-19 patients. A total of 1,110 suspected and confirmed COVID19 cases were catered. The IFRC, ICRC, American Red Cross, the Netherlands Red Cross, and the Australian Government are supporting the PRC with the ambulance operation.
The National Headquarters welfare team together with the Rizal-Taguig Chapter assessed the needs of the locally stranded individuals (LSIs) waiting for a mercy flight to Mindanao. They were staying at the sidestreet of Heritage Park Pinagsama Taguig City. There were 101 LSIs who stayed under the scorching heat of the sun and needed basic needs such as water, hygiene kits, food, and shelter. The team was able to provide packed lunches and evaluated the needs of vulnerable people in the group, such as a pregnant lady who was almost full term and about to go into labor any time soon, a 3 month old baby, elderly, and children. The team was able to coordinate with nearby hospitals for emergency cases and the LSIs were transferred to the EP Housing Covered Court.
The Flood Resilience project was implemented despite the COVID19 pandemic, with the successful distribution of 1,300 hygiene kits to flood-prone communities in Pangasinan. With the support of the IFRC and ICRC, the PRC provided cash grants to families affected by the Mindanao earthquake in Davao Del Sur and North Cotabato, providing livelihood support as well as water, sanitation and shelter needs.
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