U.S. Embassy in the Philippines Acting Chargé d’Affaires Heather Variava (left) handed over 10 intensive care unit beds, four cold storage units for Covid-19 vaccines and more medical equipment and supplies to Davao Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio at the launch of Davao City’s Covid-19 community response.
The United States government, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAid) and the Department of Defense (DOD), has delivered nearly 26.4 million pesos of medical supplies and resources to bolster Davao City’s Covid-19 response on December 3.
The Chargée d’Affaires (CDA) ad interim of the US Embassy in the Philippines, Heather Variava, handed over 10 intensive care unit (ICU) beds, four cold storage units for Covid-19 vaccines and ‘other medical equipment and supplies to the mayor of Davao, Sara Duterte-Carpio. during the launch of the Davao City Covid-19 Community Response.
“As a friend, partner and ally, the United States stands as one with you in tackling Covid-19 and facilitating long-term initiatives that ensure health, peace and prosperity in the southern hemisphere. Philippines, ”CDA Variava said.
USAid has partnered with the Davao City Health Office to develop a plan to facilitate fast, accessible, and free Covid-19 services by setting up eight Covid-19 cluster clinics in strategic locations. These clinics will provide effective and efficient triage, testing, contact tracing, monitoring and management of Covid-19.
This new donation is in addition to the 6.9 million PPA of intensive care beds and cold storage units for Covid-19 vaccines that the US DOD donated to the Philippines in October and November.
“These difficult times strengthen the strength of our partnership,” said Major Scott Holub, commander of Special Operations Task Force 511.2.
“Our donation to the Covid-19 Cluster Clinic represents our continued support to the southern Philippines in its fight against the Covid-19 pandemic. The donated refrigerators bolster Davao’s efforts by providing the capacity to store 80,000 vaccines, while the intensive care beds provide the capacity for long-term patient care, ”he added.
Deputy Secretary of the Department of Health, Dr Roy Ferrer, praised the support and partnership with the US government.
“USAid’s assistance in improving the capacity of the local health system – involving barangay stakeholders to strengthen prevention, detection, isolation and referral to district health offices – has been shown to be vital in mitigating the spread of infection in the community, ”he said.
“USAid’s support for increasing case detection and case finding capacities is reflected in the dispatch of mobile swab teams and the provision of testing kits and supplies, which now includes deployment vaccination teams in remote areas, ”added Ferrer.
To date, the United States has provided more than 1.9 billion pesos to support the Philippines’ response to Covid-19.
Meanwhile, CDA Variava also visited the Philippine Eagle Center on its trip to Davao. USAid has supported the efforts of the Philippine Eagle Foundation to protect the habitat of the Philippine Eagle in Mindanao. The US Forest Service is also supporting eagle conservation efforts in Apayao Province, a key breeding site in northern Luzon.
The Philippine eagle, the national bird of the Philippines and the largest eagle in the world, has been near extinction for 40 years, and only 400 pairs remain.
This year marks the 75th anniversary of diplomatic relations in the Philippines and 60 years of partnership for development through USAid. Over the past 60 years, USAid has partnered with the Philippine government and local organizations to achieve common development goals, investing more than $ 5.1 billion to support the Philippines.