MAYOR SAYS ZAMBOANGA CITY LOW ON MEDS AND TEST KITS AS COVID-19 CASES SPIKE
Mayor Maria Isabelle Climaco-Salazar said Zamboanga City is running low on COVID-19 test kits ang some medicines as cases of the respiratory disease spike.
On Monday, the Mayor reported that the Southern City has 427 active COVID-19 cases, 666 patients who recovered, and 48 deaths due to the virus.
She added that cases could spike due to local transmission and outbreaks among frontliners.
The Mayor said the City government has used up some 5,000 testing kits it initially bought and is now relying on private laboratories’ supply.
“Nagkukulang na rin po iyong medications and as far as Zamboanga is concerned, naubusan na rin po kami ng mga testing kits na nabili ng local government,” Climaco said.
Zamboanga city’s hospitals cater to patients from the entire region and neighboring provinces like Basilan, Sulu, and Tawi-Tawi. Portions of these three provinces are on lockdown, stranding some of their returning residents in Zamboanga, said Climaco.
The Mayor said she asked for assistance in a text message last midnight to the chief implementer of the country’s coronavirus response, Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr.