Fire guts Mis. Or. health office with Sinovac vaccines inside

By : Jigger Jerusalem Mindanao Today/11:58:34am 04/20/2021


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Fire fighters try to contain the fire that eat up the Misamis Oriental provincial health office Wednesday night. The building contained close to 50 vials of Sinovac vaccines intended for the province’s health workers. (Photo courtesy of the Misamis Orient



AUTHORITIES placed the structural damage of the Misamis Oriental provincial health office that caught fire Wednesday night at P1.4 million not to include the less than 50 vials of Sinovac vaccines that was stored at said facility.



By Jigger J. Jerusalem

AUTHORITIES placed the structural damage of the Misamis Oriental provincial health office that caught fire Wednesday night at P1.4 million not to include the less than 50 vials of Sinovac vaccines that was stored at said facility.

Supt. Allan Cabot, the city’s district fire director, said the fire started at around 6:30 p.m. at the kitchen of the provincial capitol’s motorpool area, which then spread quickly to the PHO.

Cabot said they are still investigating the actual cause of the fire.

The PHO is situated beside the Phil. Red Cross building, but according to lawyer Antonio Soriano Jr., PRC board governor for Cagayan de Oro and Misamis Oriental, the fire did not affect the agency’s operations.

“So far, our blood bank can [still] operate,” Soriano said in an interview Thursday morning.

Cabot said that aside from the gutted PHO building, the fire also consumed four vehicles that were parked at the motorpool compound.

In a separate interview, Dr. Jerie Calingasan, provincial health officer, has confirmed the Sinovac vials were stored inside the PHO at the time of the incident.

He said the vaccines were intended for the province’s frontliners including barangay health workers (BHWs) and barangay health emergency response teams (BHERTs) although it was not specified which municipalities and cities the doses were intended for.

Calingasan said the Sinovac vaccines might have been affected by the fire as the temperature of the storage freezer was compromised when the power went out during the conflagration.

He added the freezer must be at an 8-degree centigrade for it to be effective in storing the vaccines.

Calingasan said more than 6,000 health workers have already been vaccinated in Misamis Oriental.

“We have already at that level that we can now vaccinate our BHERTs and BHWs,” he said adding that the provincial government is planning on inoculating 9,000 individuals on its A1 priority list.

For his part, Gov. Yevgeny Vincente Emano said the fire will not hamper the operations of the PHO as he has already advised Calingasan to utilize the regional training center as their temporary office.



Fire fighters try to contain the fire that eat up the Misamis Oriental provincial health office Wednesday night. The building contained close to 50 vials of Sinovac vaccines intended for the province’s health workers. (Photo courtesy of the Misamis Oriental Provincial Health Office)


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