THE Rotary Club of Metro Baguio (RCMB) starts the Rotary Year 2020-2021 by helping a hospital in Mountain Province which is in dire need of hospital equipment to ensure infection control for the clients and employees.
RCMB president Jerry Chan personally went to Bontoc General Hospital (BoGH) in Mountain Province for the formal turnover of the Biological Safety Cabinet Class II A2 now being used at the laboratory of the medical facility.
Mountain Province Governor Bonifacio Lacwasan Jr. and Provincial Health Officer Dr. Nenita Lizardo expressed their gratitude to Chan and RCMB for donating the cabinet which has been a long requirement for the laboratory of BoGH.
Dr. Lizardo said they have been hoping to acquire such equipment for the health safety of the hospital personnel and clients during the process of infectious specimens of highly infectious diseases including Covid-19.
It is also for the protection of the laboratory and the surrounding environment from any harmful exposure to biological agents which include bacteria, viruses, fungi, and the like.
Furthermore, she said that the said equipment is timely as the province continues to be vigilant against the global pandemic.
“It is really important for our health especially now we are having a Covid problem. If we process or if we prepare our specimen for the swab that we get from patients, it will sterilize the specimen and when the air will come out it will no longer be infectious,” she stressed.
RCMB is also set to donate some personal protective equipment (PPE) such as disposable masks, anti-virus goggles, contact infrared thermometer, coverall suits and safety goggles for the frontliners in Mountain Province and different areas in the Cordillera Region.
“This is one way that RCMB will help in addressing the pandemic Covid-19 situation and one way of helping the constituents and people of Mountain Province, including the entire Cordillera Region, that we are also in our small ways helping,” Chan said.
RCMB’s new leadership intends to pursue more projects under the Disease prevention and treatment which is one of the six areas of focus of Rotary International. The Club will continue to support the different local government units in their fight against the deadly virus.
Apart from disease prevention and treatment, RCMB has also projected in line to address concerns that are under the areas of focus of RI, namely the Basic Education and Literacy, Maternal and Child Health, Peace and Conflict prevention/resolution, Water and Sanitation, and Economic and Community Development.
July 1 is the beginning of Rotary Year 2020-2021 with the theme “Rotary opens opportunities.” It will be an opportunity to serve more people who need help and create opportunities for the community to have a better life.
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