To help in the recovery of its surgical operations after a fire broke damaging its hospital facilities and supplies, the University of the Philippines - Philippine General Hospital (UP-PGH) received a total of Php 762,900 through the Philippine General Hospital Medical Foundation Inc. (PGHMFI) from leading life insurer Pru Life UK and Prudence Foundation, Prudential’s community investment arm in Asia and Africa.
A total of 51 Pru Life UK employees joined Prudence Foundation in raising funds after the fire that reached third alarm hit UP-PGH in May this year. The fire incident also caused several hospital operations to be suspended and damaged the supplies in the operating rooms.
UP-PGH currently serves as one of the primary COVID-19 referral hospitals in the Philippines. Being the biggest modern government tertiary hospital in the country and the only national referral center for tertiary care, UP-PGH has a healthcare force of 4,000 staff servicing approximately 600,000 patients, mostly indigent Filipinos, annually.
“We are pleased to play a part in helping sustain the operations of the UP-PGH and ensure the safety of its healthcare workers and patients after the fire incident amidst the COVID-19 outbreak. I am also grateful for the warm support of our fellow employees who heeded the call support the emergency donations for PGH, shared Pru Life UK President and CEO Antonio “Jumbing” De Rosas.
“We are beyond thankful to Pru Life UK for helping in the recovery of our hospital’s surgical operations after all these challenges. The funds received were used to procure medical equipment and supplies helping in the resumption of our surgical operations. The company has been a constant supporter in helping save thousands of patients and protecting hundreds of healthcare workers of UP-PGH during this pandemic, said PGHMFI Chairman and President Dr. Telesforo Gana, Jr.
Pru Life UK has donated Php 5 million to PGHMFI in 2020, as part of the Prudential COVID-19 relief fund, which provides financial support for Prudential’s communities and the volunteering efforts of its people in Asia, the US, and Africa. This donation supported the UP-PGH Bayanihan Na COVID-19 project to provide quality medical-grade equipment and supplies for PGH and its healthcare workers who risk their lives to help battle against the COVID-19 pandemic.