KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato, Mar. 8 (PIA) -- Dr. Nanette Pingoy-Franco, chief executive officer and medical director of the Dr. Arturo P. Pingoy Medical Center (DAPPMC) in Koronadal City praised the government after their frontline healthcare workers (HCW) were included among those set to receive the first coronavirus disease vaccines that arrived in the Philippines.
"First of all, we are very thankful to the government for facilitating na mauna ang healthcare workers, who have been working so hard under very difficult conditions for one year," Dr. Pingoy-Franco told Philippine Information Agency in an interview after she withdrew DAPPMC's vaccine allotment from the South Cotabato Integrated Provincial Health Office (IPHO) on Saturday.
"Pasalamat kami na na-include ang DAPPMC sa first tranche of the vaccines in South Cotabato. So, our gratitude to the DOH and to the Provincial Government na nadala gid kami. Dako ang pasalamat sa DAPPMC staff and family," she added.
According to Dr. Pingoy-Franco, except for frontline healthcare workers who are pregnant, recently sick, and elderly, almost all of the frontline HCWs at DAPPMC will undergo inoculation of the Sinovac vaccine. She estimated that at least 90 percent of the hospital's personnel have given their consent to get a shot of the Sinovac vaccine.
"All personnel in our emergency room, intensive care unit, isolation units as well as medical technologists, radiologic technologists, ambulance drivers and orderlies (will get the Sinovac vaccines). These are the people na talagang humaharap (sa mga pasyente)," she said.
Of the 1,838 vials of Sinovac vaccines delivered to South Cotabato on Saturday, 358 were deployed to DAPPMC, which started vaccination of their medical personnel and staff at 8:00 a.m. Monday.
Dr. Virginia Sulit, chief of clinics, and chairperson of the COVID response team, was the first personnel of the DAPPMC to receive a shot of the Sinovac vaccine.
Besides DAPPMC, two other private hospitals in South Cotabato, namely: Allah Valley Medical Specialist, Inc. in Koronadal City and the Howard Hubbard Memorial Hospital in Polomolok, received allocation of Sinovac vaccines.
These hospitals, along with the government-run South Cotabato Provincial Hospital in Koronadal City and SOCCSKSARGEN General Hospital in Surallah, should complete injecting their HCWs with the initial dose of Sinovac on Sunday, March 14.
Their healthcare workers are expected to receive the second dose after 28 days. (DED-PIA XII)