Tawi-Tawi receives P2-M hospital equipment from US Embassy

ZAMBOANGA. The U.S. Embassy donated 2 million P2 worth of equipment on Monday, November 1 to the Tawi-Tawi Provincial Integrated Health Authority (Ipho). A handout photo shows Captain Weston Bartkoski, team leader of the United States Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command (left) and Governor Tawi-Tawi Yshmael Sali (right) led the inauguration of the new lab building at Ipho on the same day Bartkoski returned P 2 million worth of equipment on behalf of the US Embassy. (SunStar Zamboanga)

The U.S. Embassy donated 2 million P2 worth of equipment to the Tawi-Tawi Provincial Integrated Health Office (Ipho).

Captain Weston Bartkoski, team leader of the United States Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command, representing the United States Embassy, ​​handed over the 2 million P2 electric hospital beds on Monday, November 1 to Dr Sangkula Laja, head of Tawi-Tawi Ipho.

On the same day, Governor Tawi-Tawi Yshmael Sali and Bartkoski led the inauguration of the new laboratory building at Ipho.

Sali said the additional hospital facility is equipped with the latest basic blood chemistry analyzes and a blood bank with plasma separator and refrigeration.

Laja thanked Sali and the provincial government for supporting the health system in Tawi-Tawi province.

Laja also thanked the United States Embassy for the donation of additional beds, which will increase the number of inpatients at Datu Halun Sakilan Medical Hospital, especially for patients with 2019 coronavirus disease (Covid-19 ).

Sali also thanked the United States Embassy and the Government of the United States of America (USA) for donating medical supplies to Ipho.

“The ‘GOByernong kaSALI ang lahat’ is always grateful to the individuals and institutions who shared our vision as we promote the inclusion of every citizen in our programs. An agency like the United States Embassy allows small provinces like Tawi-Tawi to be on par with other developing provinces in terms of progress and development that defines the quality of life for every resident. Once again, I salute all initiatives and contributions to the growth and advancement of our beloved island province as we embark on our uplifting Tawi-Tawi vision for the world, ”said Sali.

Meanwhile, Sali said construction of a biomolecular laboratory for reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) testing is underway. (SunStar Zamboanga)

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