Through SM Foundation, PPEs and medical supplies donation by SM were distributed to over 50 hospitals nationwide. The donation worth over Php170 Million towards the fight against COVID 19, surpassed the company’s initial allocation of Php100 Million to help ensure: Healthcare workers in hospitals nationwide are armed with personal protective equipment; testing is made more widely available; providing ICU-grade ventilators to help hospitals manage patients with severe cases.
Among the hospitals that received PPE donations as of March 27, 2020, are the following designated COVID Hospitals: the University of the Philippines PGH, Lung Center of the Philippines and Jose N Rodriguez Memorial Hospital.
Major government hospitals are Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM), National Kidney and Transplant Institute, San Lazaro Hospital, East Avenue Medical Center, Jose Reyes Memorial Medical Center, Philippine Heart Center, National Children’s Hospital, and Rizal Medical Center also received donations from SM.
Other hospitals recipient of the PPE and medical supplies donation include Jose Fabella Memorial Hospital, Chinese General Hospital, University of the East Ramon Magsaysay (UERM) Memorial Medical Center, Manila Doctors Hospital, University of Sto Tomas Hospital, Makati Medical Center, The Medical City, Ospital ng Muntinlupa and more. Several shipments of PPEs are also on their way to provincial hospitals nationwide.
The PPEs and medical supplies donation by SM is such pleasant news to hear in the midst of the pandemic. Since the enhanced community quarantine, I’ve been reading and hearing the news that our frontliners are at risk of contracting the COVID-19 virus because of the lack of supplies. There were even calls from private citizens for donations to get enough funds to buy PPEs and medical supplies.
In these dark times, we all need to unite and help each other out. I just hope that the Coronavirus would be contained and no longer spread throughout the country. Everyone will be challenged economically if this continues to spread out because this also means the quarantine will be extended. Although there are companies like SM who are willing to help, let’s all unite in staying at home, keeping ourselves healthy to flatten the spread of the virus.