This shipment, which came from the global initiative COVAX facility, amounted to almost 2.28 million doses. According to the COVID-19 National Task Force, the vaccines reached Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 3 at about 8:30 in the evening.
In fact, WHO Country Representative Dr. Rabindra Abeyasinghe said, “We believe that with the introduction of the Pfizer vaccine, people who had some degree of hesitancy would have confidence because the Pfizer vaccines have a good track record.”
Furthermore, he continued, “We believe those sections of people who have some apprehensions about receiving COVID vaccine will be confident enough to accept the Pfizer vaccine.”
Abeyasinghe was actually referring to the success rate of Pfizer. The Department of Health said that the Pfizer vaccine is 95% efficacious.
Also, Health Secretary Francisco Duque III expressed his gratitude to the COVAX facility for the donations. He said that the government would continue to augment the public’s trust in the national vaccination program.
To make sure that the country keeps its COVAX allocations, the government has to follow the priority list. Thus, the initial beneficiaries of the first batch, which contains 193,050 doses, will be Metro Manila, Cebu, and Davao.
The Department of Public Works and Highways’ (DPWH) ongoing project is a Mega Modular Hospital in Mandaluyong City.
The groundwork for the off-site healthcare facilities in the National Center for Mental Health started. This is after thorough planning of the DPWH Task Force for Augmentation of Local/National Health Facilities.
Secretary Villar also stated that the reason for initiating the pop-up hospital is to increase the healthcare facilities. With better facilities, COVID-19 patients can be well taken care of and Filipinos’ well-being is protected.
A report of Undersecretary and DPWH Task Force Head Emil K. Sadain to Secretary Villar conveyed that the equipment and manpower are now in action. Thus, they can kick off the construction of 11 cluster units of modular health facilities at the site.
Undersecretary Sadain and National Capital Region Director Eric Ayapana, Bureau of Construction Director Aristarco Doroy, and Metro Manila 1st District Engineer Medel Chua inspected all the start-up activities for the pre-development.
This DPWH ongoing project consists of 8 cluster units of a modular hospital. Moreover, each unit has 22 air-conditioned rooms.
There are also three cluster units for off-site dormitories for hospital personnel and other health service front liners. The Mega Modular Hospital is one of the 662 COVID facilities that DPWH has completed.
You might want to discover a Dinalupihan Bataan hospital that survived throughout its existence notwithstanding the lack of equipment, flooding, pandemic, and other predicaments it has experienced. If you do, Jose C. Payumo Memorial District Hospital (JCP or JCPMDH) is the hospital for you.
Without further ado, let us get this inspiring chronicle of JCP started.
How This Dinalupihan Bataan Hospital Began
In 1980, the Department of Health (DOH) established JCP; however, it only started running in January of 1981. This was the time when all they had were 25 beds. Consequently, JCP could accommodate only a few people. Did this hold back the hospital? No!
In April 1981, for the first time since its operation, JCP started accepting inpatients. Prior to that, the doctors and staff had only conducted outpatient services. Five years after, the medical institution officially became Dinalupihan District hospital.
JCP Got Much Stronger
Dinalupihan District Hospital is now called Jose C. Payumo Memorial District Hospital. Also, it is currently a 70-bed hospital responsible for treating COVID-19 and HIV patients. Imagine this outstanding, helpful Dinalupihan Bataan hospital being flooded. How would the doctors and staff take care of their patients, especially those who need intensive care?
As much as we do not want it to happen, JCPMDH actually encountered severe flooding before. The hospital operations automatically got affected and the damages were not minor.
Thank heavens, JCPMDH received a flood defense grant from the Federal Republic of Germany and Flood Control Asia RS Corporation (“RS”).
According to Dr. Andreas Klippe, President and CEO of RS, the company’s engineers set the strict selection criteria and JCPMDH passed it!
Bataan Governor Albert S. Garcia expressed his sincere gratitude. He was certain that the grant would make JCPMDH more secure and caregiving without worrying about possible flooding.
Striving amid COVID-19
Even in this pandemic, JCPMDH stays with the citizens of Dinalupihan, Bataan and continues to assist them with their health needs. Moreover, JCP does not fail to follow the quarantine protocol and precautionary measures for the safety of everyone. In case you want to schedule an appointment, just make sure to call ahead of time.
Nothing really beats one’s determination to recover and to continue serving people.
JCPMDH, a certified Dinalupihan Bataan hospital, is a living proof of this.