CAGAYAN de Oro City’s private sector stepped up to the plate and gave a much needed boost in the city’s fight against COVID-19 as one company turned over one reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction testing machine to the Northern Mindanao Medical Center (NMMC) during Thursday afternoon’s (May 28) press briefing at the mayor’s conference room.
‘My heart is full of gratitude with the donation by Gama Foods Corp. of an RT-PCR testing machine to the NMMC. It is a heartwarming, reassuring and inspiring gesture on their part in helping the city and northern Mindanao. In these difficult times, there are opportunities for people to make a difference and I join the Department of Health regional office (DOH-10) and NMMC in profusely thanking Gama Foods Corp. for their donation which will augment NMMC’s testing capacity along with additional RT-PCR machines acquired by City Hall (two each) for DOH-10 and NMMC,’ Mayor Oscar Moreno said.
In a statement, Gama Foods Corp. chief operations officer Mark Chang said their company started and grew in Cagayan de Oro City and ‘it is their pleasure to be of service to the city (where they established themselves).’
‘I hope that in this COVID-19 crisis , we in the private sector and the government can help each other in beating COVID-19. I hope this donation will boost our fighting chance (against COVID-19). We should also not be complacent and follow the government guidelines for community quarantine,’ Chang said.
NMMC chief Dr. Jose Chan and NMMC spokesman Bernard Julius Rocha agreed, saying the RT-PCR machine will augment the NMMC’s current testing capacity of 36 tests daily.
Dr. Ian Gonzales, chief of the DOH-10’s Infectious Diseases Cluster, said Gama Foods Corp.’s donation is a prime example of the private sector’s invaluable role in helping government find solutions to solve the COVID-19 crisis.
‘Once we get the two RT-PCR machines lent by City Hall operational at DOH and four testing machines at NMMC, we may have the highest testing capacity for COVID-19 cases outside the National Capital Region,’ Dr. Gonzales said.
Dr. Gonzales also lauded Mayor Oscar Moreno and City Hall’s health officials and entire bureaucracy for spearheading efforts in northern Mindanao to bolster and capacitate both the NMMC and DOH-10’s frontliners in terms of testing and health care capacity in handling and caring for suspected COVID-19 cases.
‘We in DOH-10 thank Gama Foods Corp. for their donation and are grateful to Mayor Oscar Moreno and Cagayan de Oro City Hall for being the leader that we need in these times and for being among the best cities in the country that prepared well for this crisis,’ Dr. Gonzales said.