Doctor delivers COVID-19 care kits on bike

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On his way to work on his bike, a doctor visits a few patients to deliver COVID-19 care packages. (FILE PHOTO)

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 7) — On his way to work on his bike, a doctor visits a few patients to deliver COVID-19 care packages.

Dr. Andro Umali earlier joined the Office of the Vice President's COVID-19 response initiatives, but instead of conducting online consultations, he decided to do something different to help people get access to resources.

"There are other things aside from getting a consultation or getting a prescription, a healthcare system is not just about that," he told CNN Philippines' Traffic Center on Friday. "It's about getting the health resources you need to be able to take care of yourselves and your family."

His routine includes getting notified about his delivery schedule and taking the kits to the patients who often live in neighboring areas.

Umali said he also prepares to respond to emergencies on the road, such as accidents. During his rides, Umali carries with him a first-aid kit in case he needs to treat any injuries.

"My job as a first responder is really to just look at the patient, help stabilize and assess the patient," he said, while also stressing the need to call for backup from an ambulance if the situation becomes serious.

The doctor said despite taking regular trips and risking exposure to COVID-19, he follows strict health measures such as wearing masks and face shields, and implements contact-less delivery. He added that he had already been vaccinated against the disease as a frontliner.

Umali said he and his mentors also advocate for better emergency response systems in the country.

"[We] continue to work towards the goal to have more emergency response units and better emergency medical system in our country," he said.