How the protective boxes are used is demonstrated by a staff of the provincial government. (Photo courtesy of the PCCI)

Some 15 improvised protective boxes for the endotracheal intubation of patients were donated Tuesday by the Palawan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) to the city and provincial governments for the use of health care facilities in the fight against COVID-19.

Also called “aerosol boxes”, the do-it-yourself (DIY) devices whose design was shared by Taiwanese doctor Hsien Yung Lai, were received by Jeremias Alili, chief of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Officer (PDRRMO), from PCCI vice president for external affairs Rey Felix Rafols, and president Jeffrey Armedilla.

Eight were donated to the province and seven to the city government by the business organization and its members.

Armedilla said in a statement that they were the PCCI’s initial response to the appeal of health care institutions in the province for medical supply donations as stocks have gotten low since the onset of the struggle against COVID-19 in the country.


The DIY intubation boxes are shown in this photo with PDRRMO personnel and staff, PCCI officers, and others. (Photo courtesy of PCCI)

The device will protect physicians performing endotracheal intubations from the discharges of patients with respiratory problems.

“Actually ito ni-rush natin ito kasi sinagot natin ‘yong apela para sa tulong ng mga hospitals. Kasi sabi nila, at nakakatanggap tayo ng tawag — na gumagamit na lang sila ng plastic [kasi wala ng N95 masks]. Noong nalaman natin na kailangan nila, ni-rush natin in two days. Very risky kasi para sa ating mga health professionals ang pag-care sa pasyente,” Armedilla said.

Alili, on the other hand, said the DIY protective boxes can help medical practitioners in hospitals who might be exposed to the pandemic coronavirus disease.

He said the provincial government appreciates the public’s help in this time of need, pointing out that the fight against COVID-19 can be won with the private sector also forefronting the fight.

“We really appreciate lahat ng assistance na binibigay nila. This will help a lot lalo na sa ating mga medical practitioners who are attending doon sa ating mga patients para mas mapataas natin ang proteksyon sa kanila,” Alili said.

Alili assured that they will be dispensed to the hospitals as soon as possible.

“Anytime na may opportunity na maipadala sila, ipapadala natin kasi magpapadala rin tayo ng mga supplies like gamot at pagkain, so baka maisabay natin,” he said.