The Department of Health (DOH), in partnership with the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) and the local government of Pasay, received 40,000 home care kits from the Pitmaster Foundation, Inc, a national charitable organization.

The Department said that the home care kits will be given to individuals in the National Capital Region (NCR) who are manifesting mild COVID-19 symptoms. Moreover, the home care kits will be distributed to the 17 local governments in Metro Manila to help individuals and communities that are in most need of care kits.

DOH Center for Health Development Metro Manila (CHD-MM) Regional Director Dr. Gloria Balboa said that the items contained in the home care kits will help individuals undergoing home isolation. The home care kit includes a digital thermometer, alcohol, oral antiseptic, face mask, vitamins, medicines, and quick relief syrup packets for people experiencing sore throat.

The foundation led by Atty. Caroline Cruz, has previously donated a total of Php 50 Million in cash assistance for COVID-19 response and an additional Php 50 Million worth of Antigen Test kits to LGUs in NCR.

“As we continuously face the challenges brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, the provision of these home care kits will be helpful to Filipinos who do not have the means to have such. We sincerely thank the Pitmaster Foundation for donating these home care kits. The Department of Health also thanks the MMDA for its continuous support to our COVID-19 response. Truly, we are together in helping our kababayan in their time of need through these donations,” said Health Secretary Francisco T. Duque III.

The DOH reiterates that at the onset of COVID-19 symptoms, individuals must immediately isolate to prevent the further transmission of COVID-19. The public is also reminded to maximize Telemedicine services for individuals either undergoing home quarantine or isolation. Furthermore, for maximum protection, the public is advised to get vaccinated and adhere to the minimum public health standards.