The Medical Center Chief of Amai Pakpak Medical Center, Dr. Shalimar Sani-Rakiin expressed her deepest gratitude to the National Government and the Department of Health Central Office for having received the first batch of the Sinovac vaccine vials after traveling for more than three-hours from Cagayan de Oro City to Marawi City, covering a total of 128 kilometers.

DOH 10 Regional Office delivered the vaccine vials, the first dose of Sinovac for the employees of APMC on March 6, 2021.

In the words of Dr. Rakiin, “Today is a joyous day for APMC with the arrival of our vaccine allocation of 1,181 vials. The 1st dose of our vaccine. Alhamdulillah, we have won the battle halfway.”

In spite of the strict observance of the health protocols, 118 front liners and administrative employees of APMC were infected with COVID-19 as they perform their daily duties and responsibilities serving the patients. The Medical Center Chief is thankful that all have recovered and now back on their designated post.

As of March 6, APMC records show that a total of 632 confirmed COVID-10 positive were admitted. 56 of them succumbed to death, 571 have recovered, while 5 are currently being treated and regularly monitored at the COVID-19 Isolation Areas.

“Alhamdulillah, the HOPE is here. May Allah make this as an instrument to end the pandemic. The Battle has not end yet, but the weapon is with us now. Let us take advantage of this. Allah is the witness to our struggles, our fears, and our sacrifices even as we speak now. Let us put an end to it,” Dr. Rakiin said.

The Medical Center Chief also thanked the dedicated members of the COVID-19 Task Force of APMC and the Health Emergency Management Staff (HEMS) for the commitment to respond to the challenges brought by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The safe delivery of the Sinovac was made possible through the proactive support of the Philippine National Police (PNP) of Marawi City by escorting the vehicles carrying the vaccines in the shortest possible time to ensure potency.