Due to depletion because of medical needs, the Department of Health (DOH) pleads to private entities to donate medical supplies and medicines for the victims of the typhoon Yolanda on Monday.
“We appeal for additional medicines and hospital supplies to be donated to the DOH through our warehouse. We hope the private sector can channel some to us,” Dr. Teodoro Herbosa, DOH Undersecretary, said.
“We are depleted. We had (the incident in) Zamboanga, Bohol, and (now) we have this (typhoon Yolanda). If we get hit by another big one, our stores are (already) depleted; we are still purchasing our goods,” Dr. Herbosa added. Also, a top health official has added the department still needs additional supplies.
Based on reports, the agency has spent a total of P15 million in order to provide medicines, medical supplies, cot beds, and other medical needs.
Health Assistant Secretary Dr. Paulyn Jean B. Rosell-Ubial, stated in an interview that the agency is still in need of medical supplies such as betadine, gauze, plaster, antibiotics, medicines for hypertension and other basic medicines. She added donations may be sent directly to DOH office in Cebu City and/or to their Central Office in Sta. Cruz, Manila, to facilitate the proper distribution of the supplies.
Donors can also reach DOH at telephone number 711-1002 for more information.
At present, medical teams were on their way to Tacloban in order to assist DOH in medical operations and will be staying in Tacloban for seven to ten days.
However, Dr. Herbosa said “because hospital personnel have been treating patients for three to four days straight without breaks, new teams will be replacing them.”
“This will allow the personnel to go to their families, have their rest while the new teams continue to provide medical and health services in the typhoon-ravaged areas,” he said.
Just recently, DOH sought help from the World Health Organization (WHO) to supply mobile medical centers and tent hospitals because a number of hospitals in the affected areas are presently flooded.