PLDT, INC. and Manila Electric Co. (Meralco) have turned over P45 million worth of hospital equipment to East Avenue Medical Center for its new facility to respond to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
The companies, led by Manuel V. Pangilinan, made the donation to provide assistance to the hospital as it increases its bed capacity to accommodate more COVID patients.
“Along with other private sector groups, we continue to support government efforts to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. We hope that our assistance to the East Avenue Medical Center for its new COVID-19 facility will help provide quality care for patients, especially during this critical phase of the health emergency,” said Mr. Pangilinan, chairman and chief executive officer of PLDT.
Up to 60 beds were allocated for the emergency room, wards and intensive care unit of the medical center. These include hospital bed with mattresses, overhead and bedside tables, foot stool, IV stands, curtains, comforters and draw sheets. Monitors, ventilators and gadgets for serious and critical patients were also part of the donation.
“We are utilizing our resources in order to address the immediate need for hospital equipment in the new COVID-19 facility of the East Avenue Medical Center. This is essential in enabling our hospitals to accommodate more patients, especially during the current health crisis,” said Meralco President and CEO Atty. Ray C. Espinosa.
The East Avenue Medical Center is a general hospital under the Department of Health.