Temporary housing for doctors, health workers pushed

THE Bacolod City Council approved a resolution requesting the local chief executive to provide or facilitate temporary housing for doctors, nurses, health workers and volunteers near their assigned public hospitals in line with the declared state of calamity due to coronavirus disease (Covid-19).

The resolution, authored by Councilor Al Victor Espino, was approved during the regular session of the City Council Thursday.

Espino, chairperson of the City Council committee on police matters, said on March 18, the City Council declared the City under the State of calamity due to the threat of Covid-19 under Resolution No. 324, series of 2020.

“Since the outbreak of the Covid-19, our doctors, nurses, health workers and volunteers had been placed in the line of fire. Their services are indispensable in the treatment, prevention and control of these Covid-19 cases,” he said.

He added in Bacolod City, there is an increase in the number of Covid-19 patients who were tested positive, Persons under Investigation (PUIs) and Persons under Monitoring (PUMs).

Due to the increasing Covid-19 cases, Espino stressed that the medical frontliners are required to double their effort to treat and prevent the spread of this infection, in addition, to the ones they normally handle.

“It is our duty to protect our doctors, nurses, health workers and volunteers as the last line of defense to address this Covid-19 pandemic, as such, we must ensure their health and safety,” Espino said.

He said by providing/facilitating a temporary place to stay near the hospital where they serve could give them enough time to rest so that they can devote most of their energy in serving the patients. Likewise, it will further relieve them of anxiety and fear of a possible transmission of Covid-19 to their families.

He added the cost of this initiative is minimal compared to their act of bravery and would serve as a simple token in appreciating their efforts. (MAP)


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