BACOLOD CITY, Negros Occidental, Philippines – Mayor Evelio Leonardia is “very thankful” to President Duterte and Senator Christopher Lawrence Go for the “very fast” response after the first batch of the Armed Forces Medical Team arrived yesterday.
Their deployment to this city where health services are choking amid the COVID pandemic is a “fruit” of the mayor’s urgent appeal to President Duterte for help last Tuesday, a press release from the Bacolod City Public Information Office said.
The press release added the 12-member team will be divided into two groups – each having one doctor, two nurses and three aid men.
Lieutenant General Roberto Toriales Ancan, AFP Visayas Central Command Chief, who promised Leonardia yesterday of a quick response, facilitated the arrival of the augmentation team.
One group will be assigned at the Riverside Medical Center and the other, at the Bacolod Queen of Mercy Hospital.
The members of the team were among the medical personnel assigned in Cebu City at the height of the spike of COVID-19 cases there.
“We’ve always been ready for the COVID-19 since March,” said Captain Lizah Doroa (MC), leader of the medical team, the press release also quoted her as saying.