The group ANG NARS Inc. believes that the dangers posed by the 2019 Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) pandemic, and the lack of personal protective equipment (PPE) discourage nurses from working amidst the health crisis.
“Alam naman natin kapag nahawa ka diyan ay maaring negative ang mangyari sa iyo, maari ka rin mamatay,” Dr. Leah Samaco-Paquiz, founding president of ANG NARS Inc., said on Thursday, July 30, during DZRH’s Magandang Umaga Pilipinas.
“Napakarami rin ngayon mga PPE na hindi naman ibibigay sa kanila para magamit ng husay,” Paquiz explained.
Because people fear that front-liners might have contacted and carry the respiratory illness, Paquiz pointed out that several health workers became victims of discrimination.
“Pinpaalis sa tinitirahan nila. Yung iba, minsan, sinasaktan pa sila kasi akala meron silang COVID,” she stressed.
Paquiz also received complaints that some public hospitals fail to provide the incentives promised by the national government for health workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Siyempre nakakawalang gana kasi siyempre nagsisilbi na nga sila, hindi na nga nila kinakatakutan na sila’y mahawa pero yung dapat ibigay sa kanila, na napakaliit na nga ng sweldo nila, hindi pa nabibigay,” she said.
Dr. Tony Leachon, former adviser to the National Task Force Against COVID-19, admitted that some government hospitals failed to provide hazard pay and other incentives to their health care workers since the pandemic started in March.
“Nung nag-umpisa nung March iyan, nung nagkaroon tayo ng COVID, ang daming hospitals na hindi nabigyan ng benefits yung health care professionals, doctors and nurses,” Leachon said during DZRH’s ACS Balita.