MANILA – Senior Filipino military veterans who may be vulnerable to Covid-19 infection and other infectious ailments will vastly benefit from the two negative pressure isolation rooms donated by the Thai government to the Veterans Memorial Medical Center (VMMC).
The donation further upgraded and boosted VMMC’s capability to respond to the Covid-19 crisis and similar threats from other infectious diseases.
Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana together with VMMC medical director, Dr. Dominador Chiong, Jr., received the donation from Thai Ambassador to Manila Vasin Ruangprateepsaeng, who represented the Thai Defense Ministry, Royal Thai Armed Forces, Siam Cement Group (SCG) Public Company, and Mariwasa Siam Ceramics, Inc.
VMMC officials said the two negative pressure isolation rooms would help prevent the spread of contagious diseases, and allow their healthcare staff to perform critical medical procedures without the need to transfer the patient/s or equipment within the hospital.
“Specially dedicated to the Veterans Memorial Medical Center, this equipment will enable life-saving services to Filipino veterans who need care during this Covid-19 pandemic, being the most vulnerable to the virus,” said Lorenzana.
The Defense Secretary thanked the Royal Thai government for the donation to the Filipino people and highlighted the long standing strong Filipino-Thai relations through the years and the importance of regional cooperation in overcoming the present health crisis.
Thai Ambassador Ruangprateepsaeng shared that the Thai community in the Philippines continues to cooperate and provide support to the Philippines’ Covid-19 containment efforts.
“With the number of infections having reached 32 million people worldwide, it is now more important than ever that we stand together to ensure the safety of our people,” he said.
Ruangprateepsaeng also reaffirmed Thailand’s commitment to working closely with the Philippines to further enhance the cooperation between the two countries and tackle challenges, including the Covid-19 pandemic.