The City Government of Mandaluyong continues to provide services for its constituents and allotted P90 million which was used in the recent acquisition of several vehicles and equipment for disaster preparedness. This included two mobile emergency hospital tents.
Aside from the mobile emergency hospital tents, the city government also purchased a search-and-rescue truck with boom, a rescue pick-up truck, a nutrition van, a rescue boat, a mobile water purifying system, breathing apparatuses, chainsaw, manual search-and-rescue tools, and a public address system.
Mayor Menchie Abalos led the blessing of the disaster equipment at the Maysilo Compound where the two tents are set up. Each hospital tent is wide enough to accommodate 14 camp beds at a time and other medical equipment. There are also two mobile air conditioning units which can be attached to the tents.
"We all know that its hard to predict when a huge disaster will hit the city. In case that happens we want to be prepared. These can also be used by any of our emergency responders when situations such as fires or accidents occur and additional equipment is needed," Abalos said.
The emergency mobile hospital tents are the same ones used by the national government during disasters and emergencies. And Mandaluyong is the first local government unit to acquire such equipment.
In addition to this, the City Government also turned over a total of P10 million worth of medical equipment to the Mandaluyong Medical Center in line with the celebration of the 43rd National Nutrition Month. The medical equipment, which include two digital X-ray machines, operating table, urine analyzer, pediatric weighing scale, nebulizer, suction machine, cardiac monitor and digital thermometers, was accepted by Dr. Zaldy Carpeso, head of the City Health Department.