UP, Ateneo, La Salle help healthcare frontliners in fight against COVID-19

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Universities help healthcare frontliners
Donation drives are being conducted by the country’s three top universities to gather funds and items to help protect healthcare workers from the COVID-19.

As the Philippines’ healthcare workers combat the coronavirus disease or COVID-19, the country’s top three universities have initiated providing assistance to the frontliners.

The three universities initiated donation drives for medical supplies for both patients and healthcare workers.

UP CALLS FOR DONATIONS

UP calling for donations of N95 masks and Alcohol for PGH Interns. Photo credit to UP Medicine Student Council.

After developing a new rapid test kit for COVID-19 and receiving netizens’ thanks that trended with the hashtag #SalamatUP, the University of the Philippines (UP) continues to provide help people fight against COVID-19.

A Facebook post made by UP Medicine Student Council on March 14, 2020, announced that “In support of the UP Manila University Student Council, the UP Medicine Student Council and the Organizations, Fraternities, and Sororities of the UP College of Medicine are calling for donations of N95 masks and alcohol for the PGH interns to help protect them and the patients from the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus which causes COVID-19.”

According to the UP Philippine General Hospital, the hospital needs the following for the next five months:

1) 7500 gallons alcohol, 70% ethyl
2) 46k pcs. N95 mask, particulate filter respirator, fluid-resistant, with NIOSH approval (3M8210/1860)
3) 2M pcs. Disp. Surgical face mask, 3-ply, earloop
4) 32k pcs.mask with wrap-around face shield or visor, fog-free, fluid-resistant, earloop
5) 30000 pcs. Disp. Gown, long-sleeved, fluid-resistant, universal size
6) 2000 pcs. Disp. Goggles, eyeglass type, plastic
7) 170000 pcs. Shoe cover, disposable
8 ) 5000 kits of PPEs, contents:
(1) Impervious disp. Gown wrap around
(1) head cap (bouffant type)
(1) splash shield face mask
(1) fluid repellant shoe cover
(1 pair) nitrile gloves

Those who are willing to donate may contact (0908) 211 1437 for more information.

For monetary donations, deposit or transfer via Bank of the Philippine Islands
Account Name: Habagat Rene Farrales
Account Number: 003509016096
For Banco de Oro
Account Name: College Of Public Health Student Council
Account Number: 003530164237
Interested donors and volunteers may contact Mita Santiago at (0917) 515 9322 or Mika Salanguit (0917) 162 0030 for further coordination.

DONATION PARA SA PPE (PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT)

The UP College of Medicine and Philippine General Hospital also launched a “Donation Para sa PPE” drive.

Items that may be given include surgical masks, face shields, N95 masks, and surgical gowns.

Donations may be directed to Adet Idjao of the PGH Property and Supply Office at 8-554-8400 loc 3000/ 3004.

LA SALLE CROWDFUNDING: VALIDATION OF COVID-19 TEST KITS

Alyansang Tapat Sa Lasallista and Akbayan Party call for public support for the validation of COVID-19 Test Kits. Photo credit: Akbayan Party

Together with Alyansang Tapat Sa Lasallista, Akbayan Party is calling on the public to support and financially contribute via the U.P. Medical Foundation, Inc. for the validation of the test kits developed by UP National Institutes of Health scientists.

The Facebook announcement on March 14 said, “much still needs to be accomplished in terms of validating the testing kits. A validation process following stringent protocol and ethical standards in five different centers in Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao needs to be done. This will require financial resources from travel/accommodation expenses to supplies for the personal protective equipment of those who will be doing the validation.”

Donations can be coursed through:
The U.P. Medical Foundation, Inc
Bank: BDO, Bocobo-Pedro Gil Branch
Account No: 00353-0094-018.
Email address: upmf1980@gmail.com
The UPMF Inc. can furnish receipts upon request

In times of crisis, Filipinos are known to resort to prayer. Lasallians have announced simultaneous prayers to thank healthcare workers nationwide.

“As the world battles against COVID-19, LASALLIANS GATHER IN PRAYER. As one community, let us pause every 5:00pm to remember the frontliners who are responding to the call of duty. After which, let us pray our Lasallian prayers.”

ATENEO DE MANILA UNIVERSITY

Besides the study done by Ateneo de Manila University School of Science and Engineering professor Fabian M. Dayrit on the potential use of coconut oil as a safe antiviral agent against the novel coronavirus or COVID-19, Ateneo is also calling for donations.

The Ateneo de Manila University Disaster Response and Management (Dream) Team, alongside Tanging Yaman Foundation, Simbahang Lingkod ng Bayan, and Manila Observatory, is calling for cash donations to fund the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) of health workers.

Donations through Ateneo de Manila University and Tanging Yaman Foundation will be accepted via bank transfer and online channels. Interested donors may refer to the pictures below for the account details provided by Sanggunian ng mga Paaralang Loyola ng Ateneo de Manila’s Facebook page.

If you want to extend your help in fighting against COVID-19, you may SHARE this story to further disseminate information about donating to help our healthcare workers and frontliners during this coronavirus pandemic.

Earlier today at 5 p.m., a nationwide symbolic action to thank healthcare workers had people pausing their activities to applaud the frontliners for a full two minutes.

Restaurants and food outlets have also been sending supplies to hospitals where the healthcare workers have been working nonstop since the Code Red Alert declaration last week.

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