SM Foundation (SMFI) donates 25 ICU-grade ventilators to hospitals with high COVID-19 cases across the country, as part of its continuing COVID-19 response.
The additional donation of ventilators hopes to help augment each hospital’s capacity to manage severe COVID-19 cases, particularly for patients who require intubation.
Hospital recipients include Tarlac Provincial Hospital, Calamba Doctors Hospital, General Emilio Aguinaldo Hospital, Bicol Regional Training and Teaching Hospital, West Visayas Medical Center, Cebu South Medical Center, Zamboanga City Medical Center, Northern Mindanao Medical Center, and other government hospitals.
To date, SM has donated almost Php 400 million in essential medical supplies, equipment, rt-PCR testing, and assistance to help national efforts in the fight against COVID-19.
The ventilator donation is one of the many initiatives of SM Foundation in response to the crisis. Other initiatives include the distribution of 24,000 Kalinga Packs to jeepney, tricycle and UV Express drivers across the country.
SM Foundation will intensify its Covid 19 response in Bulacan as SM Malls in Marilao, Baliwag, Pulilan and San Jose Del Monte are set to distribute over 10,000 Kalinga Packs to drivers whose work have been affected by the pandemic.
This effort forms part of Operation Tulong Express (OPTE), a social good program of SM Foundation in collaboration with SM Supermalls and SM Markets, to address the needs of communities during calamities and crisis.