CALOOCAN CITY, March 31 (PIA)--The Quezon City government's fight against coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is set to receive a big boost with the arrival of 12 mechanical ventilators.
Mayor Joy Belmonte ordered the rental of 12 mechanical ventilators, in response to the increasing number of positive COVID-19 cases and in anticipation of patients who will need assistance in breathing.
"The mechanical ventilators will be distributed to our three local hospitals," said Belmonte, referring to the Quezon City General Hospital, Rosario Maclang Bautista Hospital and the Novaliches District Hospital.
Mechanical ventilators are crucial in the treatment of severe cases of COVID-19 since it helps people severely infected with the virus to breathe.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), one in six COVID-19 patients becomes seriously ill and can develop breathing difficulties that may result in acute respiratory distress syndrome.
The patient is connected to the ventilator using a tube that goes in their mouth and down to their main airway, ensuring that the body receives adequate oxygen. A patient may remain on the ventilator until he or she improves.
Meanwhile, Belmonte called on the public to do their share by fully cooperating with the authorities as the local government continues to work on limiting the spread of COVID-19 and addressing the needs of the community.
"Kailangan natin ang kooperasyon ng lahat upang masolusyunan natin ang mga problemang kaugnay ng COVID-19," said Belmonte. (QC PAISD/PIA-NCR)