A HEALTH official from Cebu urged doctors, nurses and other frontliners to remain committed in the fight to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) in the country.
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 for 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 told SunStar Cebu in a phone interview on Saturday, March 14, 2020.
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,” netizen Aaron Adajar said on Twitter.
As the number of positive cases, patients under investigation (PUI) and persons under monitoring (PUM) for Covid-19 continue to rise, health workers have to spend additional time on duty, given the fact that a shortage of nurses was already plaguing hospitals even before the outbreak happened, Descallar noted.
The supply of masks and other sanitary essentials is also rapidly flying off the shelves, which is why he is appealing to the public to give priority to healthcare professionals and not to stockpile such items.
He asked the public to refrain from discriminating against health care workers like avoiding them and believing that they are carriers of disease.
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 instead of hoarding them. / WBS