A “disinfection tunnel” that will serve as an additional preventive measure in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic was officially turned over to the Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital in Bacolod City by the Rotary Clubs Council of Presidents (RCCP) in Negros Occidental yesterday.
The Inflatable Virus Buster Sanitation Tent was funded by the Rotary Club of Rogue Gateway in Oregon, USA through the efforts of their member, Tommi Drake, who recently visited Negros Occidental under the Rotary Friendship Exchange program between districts 3850 and 5110.
CLMMRH medical director, Dr. Julius Drilon, said he is elated with the recent gift from Rotary that in the past, also donated PPEs, N95 masks, and alcohol, among others. “We are very grateful that there are organizations, like Rotary, and other individuals who have sustained our needs in this fight against COVID-19,” Drilon said.
The funds, amounting to $2,000, was coursed through RCCP Council President Sugar Ababao of the Rotary Club of Bacolod North that was used to purchase the sanitation tent that the council hopes will “provide a safe protection for everyone, especially the health workers and the patients of the hospital from further spreading the virus.”
Mel Rañola of Wildboar Construction and Supply that installed the tent said their disinfecting solution, which is a gaseous chlorine dioxide, comes from Taiwan and unlike bleach-based solution, “this is safe for human health,” Rañola said, adding that as part of their goodwill, their company is donating a one month supply of tent solution as well.
Drake, who facilitated the fund donation, was with a group of 12 Rotarians from various clubs in Oregon, who were supposed to do a 3-week tour of Western Visayas under the friendship exchange program in March but had to cut short their visit when the country announced it will go on lockdown. This was Drake’s second visit to the region as she was also the Group Study Exchange program team leader in 2013.
The RFE Oregon team will also donate an additional $2,130 of which $850 will be gifted to the Human Milk Bank project of Rotary at the Teresita Lopez Jalandoni Provincial Hospital in Silay City, $850 to the Immaculate Conception Health Center in Victorias City for clinic supplies, and $500 for the Weavers Guild in Iloilo City to improve their working conditions, all of which they got to visit.
A deed of donation was signed yesterday by Drilon, representing CLMMRH, with RC assistant governor Mate’ Espina signing in behalf of RC Rogue Gateway, and Ababao for the Council of Presidents.
Also present were presidents of various Rotary clubs in the province and RFE Negros team members Toks Lopez, LitoSion, MaricarOctaviano, and Joel Jaranilla, who along with Espina, visited Oregon, USA in September.*
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