BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN
Six negative pressure ambulances used to transport infected patients, which are regarded as the key point in the containment of COVID-19, are now ready for use by the provincial government of Negros Occidental.
Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson and Vice Gov. Jeffrey Ferrer, assisted by Provincial Inter Agency Task Force action officer Rayfrando Diaz and Provincial Incident Management Team chief Zeaphard Gerhart Caelian, yesterday turned over the newly-purchased brand new ambulances to its hospital recipients in Negros Occidental.
Lacson said that the negative pressure ambulances form part of 911 Quick Response Service, which will be stationed in cities of Cadiz, Silay, La Carlota and Kabankalan as well in the municipality of Valladolid, Negros Occidental.
But he said the ambulances may also be used for other emergency cases.
The ambulances are equipped with negative pressure air system for the transport of severe COVID-19 patients, to the designated hospital, Lacson said.
Asked the cost of six negative pressure ambulances, the governor said they are not considering it anymore, as he stressed “we are saving lives here.”
On the other hand, Lacson said he also noted a trend in the reduction of COVID-19 cases in the past several days, which was from its peak of more than 4,400 to 3,644, as of October 24, based on PIMT records.
But the thing is we are still very far from the end of this COVID-19, he also said, as he again stressed the importance of continued practice of mandated health protocols.
PIMT logged 65 new COVID-19 deaths in Negros Occidental during the weekend. Since Day 1 up to now, Lacson reported that the province has 1,197 COVID-19 deaths.*