By | April 4, 2020
Art Defensor Jr. with face mask.

The Province of Iloilo is buying five respirators to augment the capacity of the Western Visayas Medical Center (WVMC) in battling the Covid-19 pandemic, disclosed Gov. Arthur Defensor Jr.

A respirator is machine that helps a patient breathe, pumping oxygen into the lungs and removes carbon dioxide through a tube inserted into a person’s windpipe.

Covid-19 is an infectious disease that causes respiratory illness (like the flu) with symptoms such as a cough, fever, and in more severe cases, difficulty of breathing.

Defensor, however, did not disclose the budget allocated for these machines, which are badly needed amid the growing number of suspected Covid-19 patients at the WVMC.

The WVMC in Mandurriao district in Iloilo City, which is under the Department of Health, has been designated as the Covid-19 referral hospital for severe patients.

Defensor also revealed that the Capitol continues to buy locally-made personal protective equipment, disinfectant and food to be given to medical frontliners. (Balita Halin sa Kapitolyo)

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