Four nurses from Maria L. Eleazar Memorial General Hospital in Tagkawayan, Quezon, were sent to the Southern Tagalog Regional Hospital in Bacoor, Cavite, to address the need for health workers.
According to Dr. Ruby Ephraim Rubiano, the medical center chief of the Southern Tagalog Regional Hospital, it is good practice to lend health workers of hospitals with low COVID-19 cases to areas where the hospital is overwhelmed due to the number of patients.
The assigned nurses welcomed the challenge of responding to the COVID-19 crisis in Cavite.
“Ang mga nurse ay isang parang sundalo. Kung nasaan ang giyera, nando’n ang laban,” said Marietan Beniegas.
“Nakita po namin ang sitwasyon. Kailangan po talaga ng karagdagang nurse po para tumulong. Nakakatakot… pero hindi kami puwedeng tumigil dahil ito ang sinumpaan naming trabaho,” said nurse Rodolfo N. Pitapit Jr.
The Southern Tagalog Regional Hospital is one of the hospitals in Cavite that is already full of patients.
They have already converted some wards to accommodate more COVID patients.
All 70 COVID beds are all occupied.
Several nurses in Quezon deployed in Cavite
So others wait in the emergency room before being placed on the ward.
The hospital is full, but they have to make adjustments, like constructing the ER’s extension tent.
“Actually, last week lang eh, nagulat nga kami kasi maraming waiting. Kahit sa kotse, pinupuntahan na rin ‘yung pasyente. Lahat po, nakaabang sa triage, waiting sila,” said Southern Tagalog Regional Hospital Information Officer Eden Purugganan.
According to the latest data from the LGU, there are 1,800 active cases in Bacoor City.
Meanwhile, a group of medical frontliners once again threatened mass resignation and protested actions if the government did not provide their allowance and other benefits.
According to the Alliance of Health Workers President Robert Mendoza, if the Department of Health (DOH) will not release the allowance and benefits they are demanding, they will be forced to continue the protest and the mass resignation.
“Kung talagang pikit-bulag ang ating gobyerno sa mga panawagan ng mga health workers, both public and private, talagang pupunta tayo doon sa mass resignation,” said Mendoza.