Thursday, June 18, 2020

Australia expands army medical center’s anti-Covid capabilities

From the Business Mirror (Jun 18, 2020): Australia expands army medical center’s anti-Covid capabilities

Ambassador Steven J. Robinson AO (foreground, left) and Secretary Delfin N. Lorenzana

THE Commonwealth of Australia is supporting the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) defense personnel’s response versus the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) with a donation of hospital and personal protective equipment valued at AU$1 million (P35 million) to support a 30-bed expansion of the Victoriano Luna Medical Center infectious disease ward, effectively increasing the capacity of the Philippine Army in dealing with the pandemic.

“I am pleased to join Defense Secretary Delfin N. Lorenzana to formally handover this assistance,” Ambassador of Australia Steven J. Robinson AO declared. “What better way to invoke the spirit of mateship and bayanihan between our countries than by supporting the health and welfare of AFP members who are carrying out such a challenging role for the people of the Philippines.”

Australia and the Philippines have a strong record of defense cooperation. The former’s Defense Minister Linda Reynolds said in a statement that the two countries have a “long-term commitment to work together as friends and comprehensive partners in addressing challenges posed by Covid-19, [as well as] advancing regional security and stability.”

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