Saturday, April 11, 2020

Medical soldiers take refresher for Covid-19 response

From the Philippine News Agency (Apr 11, 2020): Medical soldiers take refresher for Covid-19 response (By Nef Luczon)

HANDLING COVID CASE. Representatives of Department of Health Region 10 instruct Army officers, who graduated in medical fields, on the basic guidelines and protocols in handling situations that arise from the current coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic in this undated photo. The 4th Infantry Division said this also served as a "refresher" course to the officers in case they would be needed in the front lines in different communities. (Photo courtesy of 4ID)

Army officers with medical degrees and enlisted under the 4th Infantry Division (4ID) were given a refresher course in handling the Covid-19 situation, should they will be needed in the front lines in different communities.

Around 168 troopers were retrained for a six-module Covid-19 Patient Management, under the special training program facilitated by Camp Evangelista Station Hospital (CESH) through video teleconference (VTC) on Wednesday.

Maj. Gen. Franco Nemesio Gacal, 4ID commander, said on Saturday there is the need to emphasize the organization of provisional teams and enhance the unit capabilities in addressing the current challenges brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic.

He stressed the relevance of safe response during deployment of troops in support of other government agencies to contain the spread of the virus and mitigating its impacts on communities.

"We are one with the people of Northern Mindanao and Caraga regions in this fight against Covid-19. Rest assured of our troops' unwavering commitment and support to the local government units and agencies through the Northern Mindanao Task Force for Covid-19. We are all in this together and we will heal as one," he said.

He added the most patriotic thing the citizens can do right now is to stay home and observe social distancing and other health protocols prescribed by the Department of Health.

The participants, with medical-related background and health workers assigned in the different units of the division, were called upon to be part of the unit's Marshalls and Trainers on Covid-19 (MTC-19).

MTC-19 whose core functions include acting as marshals to inspect and ensure that military personnel are observing Department of Health (DOH)-issued protocols and measures, and will act as trainers to personnel on Covid-19 related efforts; and act as advisers to their respective commanders on health matters particularly on the management of issues and concerns on the disease.

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