CAMP AGUINALDO, Quezon City—The Armed Forces of the Philippines recognized the dedication of the medical team that was sent to Cebu City to aid in pandemic efforts through an awarding ceremony on November 10.

The AFP Vice Chief of Staff Vice Admiral Gaudencio C. Collado Jr. awarded the Bronze Cross Medal to six (6) personnel from the Medical Corps, five (5) members of the Nurse Corps, and eleven Enlisted Personnel at the AFP Health Service Command (AFPHSC) Main Lobby, Quezon City. The awardees were also accorded “Heroes’ Welcome” upon arrival.

AFP sent a medical team to Cebu last June 28 to assist the city’s healthcare workers in addressing the increasing number of COVID-19 cases. According to Cebu City Health Department, there were 2,195 active cases recorded during that time.

The AFP Central Command initiated the awarding to the medical personnel for their assistance in containing, stabilizing, and lowering the surge of infection in the entire Cebu Province. From their date of deployment until September 07, the AFP Medical Team assisted 161 COVID-19 patients confined in Emergency Quarantine Facility (EQF) of CENTCOM, and 306 patients admitted at Cebu Doctors’ University Hospital.

They have also conducted Medical check-ups to a total of 1,687 out-patients, and administered Rapid and RT-PCR Tests to 1,769 personnel deployed and exposed in Quarantine Control Checkpoints and Quarantine Facilities in Central Visayas Region.

As of November 10, only 173 are tagged as active cases as per Department of Health Central Visayas (DOH-7).

The Officers and Enlisted Personnel of the Military Medical Team risked their lives and faced the dangers of fighting an unforeseen enemy as part of their mandate and out of genuine concern for the Filipino people. After their deployment in Cebu, said medical personnel are now gearing up to be stationed in other areas that are also in need of assistance.

In his address, the Vice Chief of Staff thanked the AFPHSC for their efforts and encouraged them to carry on with their mission with utmost carefulness. “While our battle against this pandemic is far from over, I urge our medical frontliners from the AFPHSC to continue the remarkable work you have done in addressing this global health problem,” VAdm Collado stated./// (Photo courtesy of AFPHSC)