THE Security Bank Foundation Inc. (SBFI) recently donated three negative pressure ambulances worth P11.4 million to the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) in an effort to help the country battle the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).
The ambulances will help transport suspected Covid-19 patients from their homes to Covid-19 healthcare facilities.
Negative pressure ambulances reduce the risk of cross-infection between patients and paramedics by lowering air pressure, disinfecting and filtering the air inside the vehicle.
“These negative pressure ambulances are the first in the country. The Philippine Red Cross will be using these emergency vehicles, together with a dedicated Emergency Medical Services team, to focus on responding to Covid-19 emergencies. They can also be used for future outbreaks of communicable diseases,” said Sen. Richard Gordon, Chairman of the PRC.
Aside from donating three negative pressure ambulances, SBFI also partnered with PRC for the establishment of a Covid-19 molecular laboratory in Mandaue City, Cebu which has the capacity to test 4,000 people daily. Post Covid-19 pandemic, the molecular laboratory can also serve as a testing center for tuberculosis, sexually transmitted diseases, hepatitis and respiratory tract diseases.
“We welcome the opportunity to partner with the Philippine Red Cross to help our country in this time of pandemic. We hope that through the donation of three negative pressure ambulance units and the donation of one Covid-19 molecular laboratory in Mandaue City, Cebu, we will be able to protect more lives against the threat of Covid-19,” says Rafael F. Simpao Jr., chairman of Security Bank Foundation.
Since 2015, SBFI has been donating ambulances to the PRC every year. Including the three negative pressure ambulances, SBFI already donated a total of eight brand-new and fully equipped ambulances that already served over 1,800 patients.