The United States Embassy made the generous donation of nearly 1,300 cots and about Php 204 million ($4 million) in health assistance.
U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim, Department of Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro L. Locsin, Jr. and Undersecretary Ricardo Jalad received the donation this April 10.
The United States donated over 1,100 cots to the Office of Civil Defense for the use of COVID-19 patients. They provided an additional 150 cots to the Philippine General Hospital (PGH) for patients and medical professionals.
The cots were originally intended for the Balikatan 2020 joint military exercise but were repurposed considering the needs of the pandemic.
“I’m pleased to be able to hand over these new cots, on behalf of the U.S. government, to our Philippine partners. We stand together with the Philippines, as both of our nations work to save lives and protect our people in the fight against COVID-19,” said Ambassador Kim.
The Php 204 million in health assistance will be used for the following: laboratory system preparedness, case-finding, and event-based surveillance, technical expert response and preparedness, risk communication, and infection prevention.
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