Hospital staff from the JRBGH in CdO receive donations of an ultrasound machine, masks and thermal scanners, which came from private contributors pooled by Sen. Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go, to help them in their fight against COVID-19. PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF SBG

Medical equipment and supply donations from private donors were turned over by Sen. Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go to the JR Borja General Hospital (JRBGH) in Cagayan de Oro City on 25 June.

Go, who has been pooling donations from the private sector to be distributed to hospitals across the nation, turned over an ultrasound machine unit donated by Pilipinas Shell Foundation Inc., as well as 2,000 pieces of masks and ten pieces of thermal scanners to further equip JRBGH in its fight against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

“Today, we turn over these donations to your institution with the confidence that this will help you in diagnosing and treating your patients, no matter what their condition is,” Go stated in his speech, which was delivered by a representative during the turnover ceremony.

The JRBGH has been helping decongest the Northern Mindanao Medical Center, which is the COVID-19 referral center in the city, and serves as an alternate hospital should there be a surge of cases in the region.

“In the middle of this global health crisis, we owe our immense gratitude to you, dear health professionals for tending to the sick, risking your lives in the process,” Go added.

The senator also thanked the private donors for their generous contributions and for trusting him and his office to facilitate distribution and turnover to hospitals that need help the most.

Dr. Ramon Nery, acting chief of the JRBGH, said that Go has always helped the hospital in its endeavor to provide better healthcare services to constituents as it is gearing to be a Level II status hospital.

“In the near future when we become a Level II hospital, rest assured we will give service for those who need help not just here in CdO but also in nearby places because the JRBGH is helping patients in provinces and other areas in Northern Mindanao,” Nery added.

During the turnover, Go’s staff also distributed 200 food packs to doctors, nurses, nursing attendants, ward personnel, utility workers, drivers, security and Malasakit Center workers of the JRBGH.

Go’s team also facilitated the turnover of private donations of medical supplies, such as personnel protective equipment, masks, alcohol, etc. to various hospitals and frontliners in Davao Region and the rest of Mindanao.

Meanwhile, the senator continued to remind the public to remain vigilant especially as there is still no vaccine for the deadly virus. He also assured that he will continue to support hospitals and facilities to further improve their services amid the ongoing pandemic.