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By: Eleanor Valeros | Published Thursday, May 07, 2020
Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region in China, a sister province of Cebu for 10 years now, donated masks, gloves, and other personal protective equipment to the Capitol in support to the Provincial Government’s fight against Covid-19. (Tonee Despojo)

A decade of friendship and sisterhood relations between Cebu and Guangxi in China is marked by donations intended to assist Cebu Province’s frontliners in the fight against Covid-19.

Governor Gwendolyn Garcia, in her regular livestream report on “Sugbo News” last May 6, acknowledged Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region for donating 5,000 pieces of N95 masks, 500 surgical masks, 900 gloves, 800 personal protective equipment, 1,120 caps, and 800 goggles to the Cebu Provincial Government.

Garcia said that the gesture is very much appreciated since this enhances the cooperation of two provinces facing challenging times, as well as the urgency to act and react promptly.

Cebu Province’s sisterhood relations with Guangxi started in 2010, during her second term of office.

Chinese Consul General Jia Li was quick in providing assistance to Cebu Province two months ago when Covid-19 was discussed in a series of provincial meetings tackling measures averting local transmission.

By end of March, a hundred thousand testing kits from China arrived in the Philippines. This gave a glimmer of hope that impressions of Covid-19 can be detected and confirmed at once, so that the patient and those exposed to him could get better medical management.

Garcia recognized “the spirit of cooperation, goodwill and unwavering support of Guangxi as a sister province.”

In another development, she acknowledged the donation of 2,000 nasopharyngeal and oropharyngeal swab kits from the Office of the Presidential Assistant for the Visayas Secretary Michael Lloyd Dino. 

“To benefit from the swabs are patients with severe acute respiratory infection (SARI), those with influenza-like illness (ILI), and persons under monitoring (PUM) who have had contact with positive cases,” Garcia said.

Also in March, Dino secured 30,000 testing kits for the Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center, one of five national sub-laboratories conducting Covid-19 tests.

Garcia reiterated that she prefers the nasal swab and throat swab in rendering more accurate test results for respiratory viruses because of the swab’s greater sensitivity in the detection of pathogens. (Eleanor Valeros)