San Miguel Corporation (SMC) on Monday turned over 45 Adult Nasal High Flow machines (HFNC) to the National Task Force on COVID-19, which will be distributed by the Department of Health to several COVID-19 hospitals.
“Kami po ay nagpapasalamat kay Mr. Ramon Ang, hindi lamang dito kundi pati sa mga nakaraang donasyon niya, kabilang na ang mga pinagawa niyang quarantine facilities. Maraming salamat, Mr. Ang, sa inyong tulong para sugpuin ang COVID-19,” said NTF Chair and Secretary of National Defense Delfin Lorenzana.
NTF Chief Implementer Sec. Carlito Galvez, Jr. said the generous donation of the Ang-led SMC will lead to more recoveries.
“Maraming nagsasabi na yung recovery rate ng PGH at ng ibang hospitals ay tumataas dahil sa introduction ng High-flow nasal cannula. Ito ay non-invasive at hindi kailangan ng intubation,” he said.
Galvez noted that the use of HFNC is now widely recommended for medical facilities which are handling novel coronavirus patients, as it has produced better results as compared to intubation.
HFNC is used in the management of COVID-19 patients as part of supplemental oxygen therapy for those showing signs of respiratory distress. The use of HFNC is an aggressive respiratory support procedure that is now recognized as part of the supportive care strategy for COVID-19 patients.
San Miguel Corporation, led by Ramon Ang, has been actively supporting the government’s response to COVID-19. The company has donated medical supplies and equipment to hospitals and health workers, built quarantine facilities, and made food donations to communities.
Lorenzana emphasized the importance of cooperation between the government and private sector, as this will be the key in winning the battle against COVID-19.
“Yung contribution ng private sectors, napakaganda. Nagbigay sila ng medical supplies, nagpatayo ng quarantine facilities, nag-provide ng mga gamot. Itong OCD, napupuno ng donations na naidi-distribute natin sa mga hospitals,” the NTF chairman said. National Task Force Against Covid19