Mayor Isko inspects city’s 19th vaccination site

Marje Pelayo   •   May 14, 2021   •   196

MANILA, Philippines — The city government of Manila headed by Mayor Francisco ‘Isko Moreno’ Domagoso inspected on Friday (May 14) the premises of the Manila Prince Hotel.

The hotel, located on San Marcelino St., in Ermita, Manila will be the capital city’s 19th vaccination site.

Aside from its already existing 18 vaccination sites, the City Government of Manila has also been conducting home service vaccinations for bedridden residents.

With this new development, Domagoso once again highlighted the need to speed up the mass vaccination against COVID-19.

“Once you have vaccines, you have to deploy them fast. Vaccination should be faster than infection,” he stated.

‘Yan talaga ang policy namin sa simula pa lang. Hindi na talaga namin pinapatagal sa storage,” he added.

Domagoso reiterated that the City of Manila continues to work with the national government in its mass vaccination efforts.

As of Thursday (May 13), the City of Manila has deployed a total of 151,659 vaccine doses for the A1, A2, and A3 priority groups.

The mass vaccination for these groups is ongoing.

So far, the vaccines allocated for Manila by the national government are those from the COVAX facility (AstraZeneca and Pfizer), the Chinese government (Sinovac), and Russia’s Gamaleya Institute (Sputnik V).

The City of Manila is also waiting for the 800,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine from British–Swedish multinational pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca.

Manila City allows walk-ins in all vaccination sites

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 21, 2021

MANILA Philippines — The Manila City Government on Monday (June 21) now allow walk-ins in all vaccination sites.

According to Manila Public Information Office (MPIO), the directive of Manila Mayor Isko Moreno was after having a low turnout in vaccination sites. The mayor said he directed not to allow walk-ins in order to prove to critics the effect if the system would only be done through scheduling.

“I’m not a believer of scheduling but we tried it today para doon sa mga may mema, iyong  may masabi lang ang naggagaling-galingan lang (for those who just wanted to complain),” he said.

The Manila local government reported that only 4,210 doses were administered on Monday (June 21) from the 28,000 allocated doses. AAC

Manila City buys 500 additional Tocilizumab vials for COVID-19 patients

Marje Pelayo   •   May 19, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The city government of Manila procured about 500 additional vials of the life-saving Tocilizumab for the treatment of COVID-19 patients.

The delivery of the immunosuppressive drug already arrived in the city which Manila City Mayor Francisco ‘Isko Moreno’ Domagoso and Vice Mayor Honey Lacuna-Pangan inspected on Tuesday (May 18).

In a statement, Domagoso said the Tocilizumab vials will be offered to patients admitted in public and private hospitals, whether residents of Manila or not.

“Ito po ay io-offer din natin sa public and private hospitals for free bukod sa six district hospitals ng lungsod at Manila Health Department,” Domagoso said.

“Sa maliit nating kaparaanan, mas makatutulong po tayo sa nakararami nating kababayan. The COVID-19 pandemic is a universal problem. It has to be approached inclusively,” the Mayor said.

Manila City General Services officer, Thelma Perez said the additional vials were procured by the local government to strengthen the city’s response against the pandemic.

Perez said the local government allocated P13 million for the procurement of these vials.

Manila City supports Eye Bank’s efforts to promote eye, cornea donation

Marje Pelayo   •   May 17, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Manila City Mayor Francisco ‘Isko Moreno’ Domagoso  supports efforts to promote eye and cornea donation in the country.

The city government of Manila has partnered with the Santa Lucia International Eye Bank of Manila (SLIEB) through a memorandum of agreement signed on Monday (May 17).

Likewise, Domagoso signed a donor card allowing the eye bank to harvest his eyes and corneas in the event of his death. The Mayor said his eyes would be donated to those in need.

“Sana sumunod na kayo,” Domagoso said. “Wala namang mawawala sa inyo kapag naging eye donor kayo. Ibig sabihin lang ay kung namatay kayo, may makikinabang pa rin sa mga mata ninyo.”

The Eye Bank is owned and operated by the Eye Bank Foundation of the Philippines (EBFP) — which is a non-stock, non profit, non-government humanitarian organization that has been serving patients since 1995.

The Eye Bank is the only state-of-the-art eye banking facility in the country that evaluates and distributes donated eye tissue or corneas for use in transplantation, research, and education.

“Napaka-importante maging cornea donor kasi napakaraming tao sa Pilipinas at sa buong mundo na hindi makakakita kung hindi dahil sa transplant,” said EBFP president and CEO Dr. Ma. Dominga ‘Minguita’ Padilla as she thanked Domagoso.

As such, Padilla hopes that even more people would be open to the idea of becoming eye donors explaining that the eyes and corneas of the donors are harvested after they have died.

She also pointed out that the eyes and corneas would still be useful to those in need of transplants.

She added that there is a need to educate the public about the matter.

“Huwag kayong matakot maging eye donor,” she said. “Maraming tao na para sa kanila himala na ang makakita uli. Mayor Isko signed as an eye donor, sana marami pang gumaya sa kanya.”

For his part, Domagoso assured Padilla that the city’s district hospitals are committed to helping the Eye Bank achieve its mission to institutionalize cornea and eye donation in the Philippines.

The Eye Bank itself is also located in Manila, specifically within the Philippine General Hospital (PGH) Compound.

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