TACLOBAN CITY- Christian health organization MAP International, Medshare, Ayuda Foundation, community organization in Guam, telecommunication giant Smart Communications Inc., and Guam Telephone Authority recently joined hands to provide critical medical supplies to Leyte province through the Ormoc District Hospital in Ormoc City.
The medical supplies will come in a 40-feet container van which will be turn over to the Ormoc District Hospital through its chief of hospital Ma. Lourdes De Lara-Banquesio.
MAP International provided the pallets of medical supplies, while Medshare provided the 40-feet container van.
MAP International is a global Christian health organization that partners with people living in conditions of poverty to save lives and develop healthier families and communities.
It responds to the needs of those they serve by providing medicines, preventing disease, and promoting health to create real hope and lasting change. It works in partnership programs with over 300 organizations, agencies and medical missions around the world.
MedShare is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving healthcare and the environment through the efficient recovery and redistribution of the surplus of medical supplies and equipment. It collects surplus medical supplies and equipment from hospitals, distributors and manufacturers, and then redistributes it to qualified healthcare facilities in the developing world.
Ayuda Foundation is a Guam-based non-profit organization applied for the medical supplies donations, while the Filipino Community of Guam and the Guam Medical City raised the funds for the Medshare container van.
Other groups that put in their help were Smart Communications Inc which paid for all the expenses to transport the container; and Guam Telephone Authority for shouldering the first shipment.
Leyte Governor Leopoldo Dominico Petilla welcomed this donation of medical supplies saying that with the huge devastation wrought by supertyphoon Yolanda to the hospitals in the province, the provincial government alone would not be able to fund the rehabilitation of facilities and re-stocking of medical supplies.
“I am pleased that private organizations and groups from other countries help us rebuild our hospitals. We alone cannot do the rebuilding of our hospitals. Even with the support from the national government, we can only do so much. Thus, help from the private sector, both here and abroad is always welcome here in the province of Leyte,” Gov. Petilla said in his message.
By: AHLETTE C. REYES