Budget of 2 Billion For Procurement amidst n-CoV

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Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said Tuesday that the government would allocate more than P2 billion for the procurement of protective gear for health workers and an additional P10 million for face mask supplies in the country.

Advertisement During a Senate hearing on the government’s readiness for the possible spread of 2019 novel coronavirus acute respiratory disease in the Philippines, Duque said that President Rodrigo Duterte approved the budget’ in principle,’ with the projection that there will be 5,000 medical personnel throughout the country using personal protective equipment (PPE).

Duque said every set of PPEs— including headgears, goggles, N95 masks, gloves, apron, and gowns— cost around P1,500.

The Philippines has two confirmed cases of novel coronavirus — one of which died during the weekend and became the first global fatality.

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