La Trinidad, Benguet – Benguet hospitals are now experiencing a shortage of oxygen supplies, prompting the local government of La Trinidad to procure additional items of the must-have medical equipment for COVID-19 patients.
With this situation, the local government plans to procure 25 oxygen tanks with cost ranging from P17, 000 to P19, 000 for each one.
Said undertaking is still part of the municipality’s COVID-19 response, especially now that there is an increase of people getting infected with the virus that, at present, the municipality has a record of 943 active cases.
The purchase of the medical equipment is now being handled by the Bids and Award Committee of the LGU after approval of the La Trinidad Municipal Inter-Agency Task Force on COVID-19.
Mayor Romeo Salda, through Mountain Province Broadcasting Corporation, stressed that the LGU’s procurement of oxygen tanks is a necessity as hospitals in Benguet do not have enough supplies of oxygen.
He said the procurement of the equipment is beneficial for COVID-19 patients since this helps for their faster recovery and for the municipality to prevent the increase of COVID-19 related deaths.
The municipality at present has already listed a total of 209 COVID-19 related deaths from its total confirmed cases of 6,738. As of September 28, new death cases logged is 4.
Meantime, when oxygen tanks become available, Salda said these shall be distributed in La Trinidad Valley Strawberry Hotel and Senior Citizen Building, few of the newly opened temporary treatment and monitoring facility for patients experiencing moderate-to-severe symptoms of the viral disease.
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