To help facilitate the screening and identification of COVID-19 cases in the country, SM Foundation (SMFI) donated several RT-PCR and rapid COVID-19 test kits good for more than 22,000 tests and worth over P26 million to hospitals and local government units.
This social good initiative of SM Foundation aims to boost the country’s fight against the coronavirus outbreak by testing more people and screening them for early diagnosis, quarantine and management.
The RT-PCR test kits use swabs from patients taken from the nose or throat while a rapid test requires the patient’s blood sample.
Among the beneficiaries were the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) in Muntinlupa, The Medical City in Pasig City, Mary Johnston Hospital in Tondo, Manila; and the local government units of Antipolo, Mandaluyong, Las Pinas, and Paranaque.
Meanwhile, Uniqlo Philippines also partnered anew with SMFI to deliver its PCR test kits donations good for 4,000 tests and worth more than P5 million to University of the Philippines-National Institutes of Health (UP-NIH).
Uniqlo Philippines and SMFI have sustained collaboration efforts for the distribution of Kalinga packs to several grassroots communities and Dry T-shirts as PPE undershirts for frontliners nationwide.
Through joint efforts, SM has donated over PHP400 million of essential medical supplies and equipment and reached out to marginalized sectors most affected economically.
This comprises over PHP300 million of essential medical supplies and equipment as well as PPEs and PCR tests to 120 hospitals nationwide.
SM also donated PHP100 million through Project Ugnayan of the private sector and Caritas of the Catholic Church to urban poor families impacted by the lockdown.