By Ali G. Macabalang
Cotabato City – The Zamboanga City-based Camp Navarro General Hospital (CNGH) of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) received last week medical supplies from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) to treat people wounded in recent clashes in Sulu.
ICRC media liaison specialist Allison Lopez said intravenous fluids and wound-care materials necessary in furthering the services of CNGH to its clientele, especially soldiers and residents injured in military clashes with lawless elements in Sulu, were donated by the international agency.
Piotr Dregiel, head of ICRC-Zamboanga City office, said the initial medical supply could “cover the needs of 20-30 wounded people.”
Rank and file personnel of the CNGH, a main military medical base in Southern Philippines, appreciated the ICRC continuing assistance.
“Their (ICRC’s) medical donations since 2016 have supplemented the supplies and medicines of the hospital which at times can become low due to increased patient needs especially during the height of military operations,” Lt. Col. Maria Victoria Mandin said during the turnover of the medical supplies.
Lopez said the ICRC regularly supports five hospitals in conflict-affected areas in Mindanao, releasing every quarter medicines, vaccines and medical supplies. It also provides ad hoc assistance to hospitals during crises situations.