Army receives BCDA-donated medical equipment for continued, safe dental services amid pandemic
The 1301st Dental Dispensary under the Philippine Army’s Headquarters and Headquarters Support Group (HHSG) has received from the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) air-driven dental instruments that will aid the Army in providing safe dental services for troops amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
The equipment is meant to help ensure the well-being of Army health workers, our military troops and dependents, as well as civilian personnel, while safely preventing COVID-19 infection during the conduct of dental services.
Items donated include air filter machines, dental aerosol vacuum machines, dental aerosol isolation boxes, and disinfectants such as UV lamps and misting machines.
The Philippine Army Headquarters and Headquarters Support Group (HHSG), led by its Commander Col. Rosalio G. Pompa, expressed thanks to BCDA for the donation.
"We are fortunate to have proactive partners in government such as the BCDA who continuously support and recognize our service through their corporate social responsibility program. The dental equipment will boost our operations and help us maintain a safe and COVID-free environment both for our personnel and patients,” says Col. Pompa.
The HHSG’s dental procedures and surgical operations require air-driven instruments that generate aerosols. Having air purifiers and disinfectants during the said procedures will help prevent cross infection from such aerosols and avoid the spread of coronavirus among dental health workers and their patients.
The equipment facilitates the HHSG’s strict compliance with safety protocols and guidelines set by the Philippine Dental Association (PDA) and the Department of Health (DOH) to control infection while carrying on dental practices.
The HHSG has also previously received dental equipment for use in prosthodontics and endodontic services, modernizing health care facilities and supporting operational readiness of our troops.