‘DISCRIMINATION’ | DOH: Healthcare workers don’t deserve it

first_img“The management had already identifiedand quarantined healthcare workers who have come in contact with the saidpatient. Thus, these healthcare workers and frontliners no longer pose anydanger to those who are coming in at TMC Iloilo and the general public as awhole,” it stressed in a statement. “Kungsaka-sakaling nagkakarooon tayo ng ganitong diskriminasyon sa ating healthcare workers, baka namanpo pwede nilang tulungan na magkaroon ng espasyo para magkaroon sila ng tuluyanat sila ay makapagpahinga,” said Vergeire.President Rodrigo Duterte, for his part, praised the doctors, particularlythose who succumbed to COVID-19 in the line of duty.“I am saddened by the news that the virus has claimed the lives of our doctorsalong the way. Lahat po sila ay bayani,” Dutertesaid in a press conference late night on Tuesday. Undersecretary Ma. Rosario Vergeire lamentedreports that healthcare workers of The Medical City in Molo district were beingostracized from their boardinghouses and barangays following the confirmationthat Western Visayas’ second positive case of COVID-19 was confined in thathospital. Earlier passing away due to the viruswere cardiologist Israel Bactol of the Philippine Heart Center, anesthesiologistGregorio Macasaet III of Manila Doctors Hospital, and oncologist Rose Pulido ofthe San Juan de Dios Hospital. On Saturday, DOH Region 6 confirmedthat a male patient of The Medical City tested positive for COVID-19 – thesecond in the region; the first positive case was in Bacolod City. ILOILO City – Do not discriminatehealthcare workers fighting the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), theDepartment of Health (DOH) appealed to the Ilonggos. In Iloilo City, Mayor Jerry Treñassaid, “I have been receiving information that our fellow Ilonggos in themedical profession are being discriminated. Buses reject them. Carinderias won’t sell food to them.Their landlords are evicting them. We should not allow this to happen.” The Medical City assured the publicits healthcare workers and frontliners pose no health risk to the public. A number of doctors have succumbed toCOVID-19 after handling infected patients, including Dr. Raul Diaz Jara, anesteemed cardiologist and internist who served as president of the PhilippineHeart Association.center_img Dr. Felix Ray Villa, chief executiveofficer of The Medical City in Iloilo City, said “Our quarantine protocols havealready been in place even before this positive result. We have taken eachpossible precaution to make sure this is contained. There is no cause for panicas the proper protocols have been observed and followed.” “Angconcern pongito ay pinarating natin sa ating inter-agency task force para maimbestigahan at masolusyonan,” Vergeiresaid in a press conference in Metro Manila. “Please keep in mind if our healthcareworkers cannot eat, if they cannot go to work, if they cannot rest and sleep,who will take care of you if you get infected,” Treñas reminded the public. LOOK: Healthcare professionals ask the public to do their part in fighting the spread of the #coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) by staying at home. Photo courtesy of Western Visayas Medical Center “Hindipo ito ang panahon para talikuran natin ang atinghealthcare workers. Sila po ay nag-iingatpara hindi makapanghawa ng iba. Sosana po ‘wag po natin itong (discrimination) gawin sa ating mga healthcare workers,” said Vergeire. As of this writing, there were alreadytwo COVID-19 positive cases at The Medical City in Iloilo City. The other onewas a 61-year-old woman. There are currently four COVID-19positive cases in Western Visayas. Aside from the two at The Medical City inIloilo City and the one in Bacolod City, the other was make from Capizprovince./PNlast_img

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