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By: Vanessa Almeda | Published Tuesday, March 24, 2020
Five fully-equipped ambulances were donated by the Cebu Korean Association to the Cebu Provincial Government. (Junjie Mendoza)

Five ambulance units worth P10 million were donated by the Cebu Korean Association (CKA) to the Cebu Provincial Government on Tuesday, March 24.  

The five ambulances are equipped with emergency equipment and fixtures like stretchers, spiral fixation device, suction control, vehicle sterilizer, and sphygmomanometer.  

The vehicles also have two 10-liter oxygen tank, emergency treatment bag, defibrillator, nebulizer, blood glucose meter, manual resuscitator, oxygen mask, suction catheter and stethoscope.  

Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia expressed her gratitude for the donation, as this will greatly help in the response and transport of patients in the remote areas of the province.  

The ambulances will be distributed in the four provincial hospitals which also cater to patients from the 12 district hospitals in Cebu.  

Garcia expressed her admiration to the South Korean government in handling and managing the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak.  She likewise told them that the Province had put in place strict measures to counter the spread of the disease and has used social media to respond to concerns raised by the public.  

The governor said there is a need for the public to be constantly informed with “doses of right information” because there is also another epidemic in the social media – the spread of fake news.  

“I just want to assure the Cebuanos that the government has put in place response measures like travel restrictions and strict border controls, social distancing, mass gatherings, among others,” Garcia said.  

Bonghwan Cho, president of the Cebu Hanin Hue or the CKA, said the group already planned to donate the ambulance prior to the COVID-19 outbreak and fast-tracked the donation because of the current crisis.  Cho said the CKA has a strong bond with Cebu and committed to help in the fight against the spread of the disease.  

“The Cebu Korean Association love Cebu and together we will work in fighting this virus and support each other,” he said. (Vanessa L. Almeda with reports from Eleanor Valeros)