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Iloilo City advocates for medical oxygen

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REQUEST FOR OXYGEN. The regional interagency task force and the regional Covid-19 task force met with local government units (LGUs) in the Western Visayas (Friday, September 17, 2021) to tackle actions needed amid depleted oxygen supply In the region. Mayor Jerry P. Treñas sent a letter to national authorities calling for help. (Photo courtesy of RTF 6)

ILOITO CITY – The town of Iloilo is asking the national government for help as the supply of medical-grade oxygen in hospitals “is running out quickly.”

Mayor Jerry P. Treñas, in his letter dated September 17 to Vaccine Czar Carlito Galvez Jr., Health Secretary Francisco Duque, National Task Force Leader Delfin Lorenzana, and Secretary of Commerce and Industry Industry Ramon Lopez, said that the average daily oxygen consumption in the city has 657 cylinder tanks and a maximum of 973.

A severe patient on high flow oxygen consumes an average of three tanks every 24 hours, he added.

“The local supplier to the Iloilo City hospitals has informed the Iloilo City Covid team that 35 liters of liquid oxygen are needed to fill an oxygen tank,” he said.

He added that a supplier to the Western Visayas has assumed that if no liquid oxygen supply is provided within the next two days, the city will have no more available resources.

“We dare not imagine the terrible result if the oxygen supply is depleted. Although we have resorted to purchasing the previous liquid oxygen supply, we are confident that your most wanted help with the additional liquid oxygen supply turns out to be our only hope this time around, ”he said. -he adds.

On Friday morning, the Western Visayas Regional Interagency Working Group (RTF 6) and the Covid-19 Regional Working Group met with Local Government Units (LGUs) and discussed the region’s oxygen shortage and measures to take.

RTF 6 spokeswoman Cindy Ferrer said three major concerns would be referred to Secretary Lorenzana’s office through Civil Defense Administrator Ricardo Jalad for appropriate action.

These included the request to directly transport raw materials needed for oxygen and other supplies from Luzon to the Western Visayas to shorten travel time, advice for using alternative tanks due to cylinder shortages. oxygen, and assistance to expedite the licensing of two of the Food and Drug Administration’s hospital-based oxygen-generating plants.

In addition to the proposed actions to be taken, “the (regional) DOH (Department of Health) will conduct a weekly survey on hospital supply and consumption, as one of the concerns of our suppliers is that they lack information. as to which hospital will have priority in terms of delivery. and supply, ”she added.

The region has 10 medical oxygen providers: four are based in Iloilo province, three in Bacolod City, two in Negros Occidental and one in Iloilo City. (ANP)


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