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Local doctor and volunteers cook meals for COVID-19 and quarantine patients


CALEXICO, Calif. (KYMA, KECY) - When you test positive for COVID and you’re not in the hospital you’re confined to the four walls in your home but for some access to food becomes very difficult. 

In Imperial County, 34,600 people are food insecure that means when they will be getting their next meal is unknown. 

When you’re quarantined from COVID that insecurity increases. 

DR.Vo of Vo Medical Clinic in Calexico is delivering meals alongside volunteers to COVID positive people. 

Dr. VO says people are so grateful for their meals.

“They are very happy and they’re very thankful for their meals because really we’re not in Hollywood area they’re very poor they count every meal every day. So this makes them comfortable, gives them someone to talk to because some of them really have no friends,” said DR. Vo, Founder of Vo Medical Clinic. 

Dr. Vo says this is also encourages people to stay home.

If they know their meal is being delivered they have to be home to receive it. 

“If they stay home the chances of them transmitting to people is going to decrease so this what we want them to stay and so of them technically they don’t have food to eat so that's going to help them financially a little bit to stay home.”

Dr.Vo says it also gives him and his volunteers to check on the medical state of his patients. 

“And some of them are very sick so when my volunteers come out when they see them sick they will report to me instead of calling 911 so it will reduce the rate of people going to the hospital.” 

Imperial County’s hospital have been overwhelmed with COVID patients. 

Dr.Vo says volunteers are encouraged to come help and deliver food.

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Gianella Ghiglino

Peruvian-born and LA raised Gianella Ghiglino joins the team from the San Fernando valley. “LA is the place that taught me how to breath and Peru is my breath.” She says she was inspired by the community she grew up in and began documenting her experience through poetry at the age of 7. “I wrote about everything I saw, felt and everything that inspired me.” When she entered High School she joined her school news station and realized that broadcast journalism allowed her to pursue her passion and her purpose all at once. Gianella attended Cal State Northridge and received a Bachelors degree in Broadcast Journalism and a minor in Spanish Broadcast Journalism, and Political Science. She did several internships while in College but most notably interned for PBS’s local LA station for three years. “My purpose is to share my story and of those in my community, my passion is writing.”


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