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OCD denies raiding hospitals for protective gear

THE Office of the Civil Defense on Thursday, April 2, denied that policemen raided hospitals for medical supplies and equipment to be distributed to the other hospitals that needed the supplies most.

"May kumalat po na fake news that some hospitals were raided by government, specifically OCD, to confiscate their supplies and equipment para ipamigay sa ibang hospitals. Fake news po 'yan," OCD spokesman Mark Timbal told reporters.

He made the statement after a social media post claimed that the cops raided a hospital and confiscated their equipment, including personal protective equipment.

Timbal said the agency is capable of soliciting donations to procure these equipment.

"What we have pooled are distributed to various recipients. In the case of the COVID-19 response, OCD procured PPEs and other medical supplies and received donations from various donors," he said.

"These are then provided to various hospital recipients," he added. (SunStar Philippines)


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