Health workers urged to 'keep fighting'; public told not to discriminate

AMID the challenging times of battling the further spread of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19), nurses, doctors and other health workers remain in the frontline of the pandemic.

Joseph Stephen Descallar, Philippine Nurses Association-Cebu Chapter president expressed his gratitude and encouraged fellow health workers to remain committed in service despite health threats and discrimination.

"Take courage and laban lang g'yod ta ani (we just have to keep fighting). We are thankful of them because despite the threats they (health workers) still continue to serve and risk their lives for the sake of the patients who need them," Descallar said.

Netizens also showed their support to health workers through Facebook and Twitter.

"Don’t forget our frontliners. Thank you to all doctors, nurses, health workers, volunteers, medical professionals, security guards and those who put their lives on the line.

"Thank you for your service. We appreciate you! We are praying for you! Grabe kayo. Salamat po," Aaron Adajar said on Twitter.

As the number of positive cases, patients under investigation (PUI) and persons under monitoring (PUMs) for Covid-19 continue to rise, health workers also have to exert additional time on duty, given the fact that a shortage of nurses is already plaguing hospitals even before the situation happened, Descallar noted.

The supply of masks and other sanitary essentials are also rapidly flying off the shelves, which is why he is appealing to the public to give priority to healthcare professionals and to not stockpile such items.

"Sad to say that the community is threatened and we, now, lack the supply of masks. In fact, naa ko'y nakaestorya gahapon nga doctor who shared that they are running out of mask supply (I conversed with a doctor yesterday who shared they are running out of mask supply)," Descallar said.

He asked the public to refrain from discriminating health care workers like avoiding them and believing that they are carriers of diseases.

Descallar added that the public must remember that health workers are human beings too and one way to help them is by sharing protective supplies by not hoarding them. (WBS)