THE Department of Health (DOH)-Davao Region is calling for more nurses, doctors, and medical technologists to volunteer in assisting hospitals and medical facilities in the National Capital Region Plus (NCR Plus) due to the continuing rising of Covid-19 cases.
Davao Region sent five volunteer nurses to the National Capital Region (NCR) on Wednesday, April 14, to augment the area’s Covid-19 response for a month.
In a press release, DOH-Davao said the five volunteer nurses will be temporarily assigned to San Lazaro Hospital in Sta. Cruz, Manila from April 14 to May 14.
Of the five nurses, one is from Davao de Oro and four from Davao City.
DOH-Davao said their assignment is under the Nurse Deployment Program (NDP) of the DOH and their accommodation, meals, and transportation during their stay in NCR will be shouldered by the San Lazaro Hospital.
During the send-off ceremony at the Francisco Bangoy International Airport (Davao International Airport), DOH-Davao Regional Director Dr. Annabelle P. Yumang spoke with the volunteer health workers and thanked them for their participation.
Yumang reiterated that sending these nurses to NCR will not affect the Covid-19 response of Davao Region given that Covid-19 cases here are on the downtrend.
“Ang ginahimo man pud kung ing-ana, naa pud tay back-up pud sa ilaha, naa puy mupuli. Nasabutan pud na sa ilahang health officers kung kinsa pud mu-take care sa ilahang barangay na gihawaan for the meantime na naa sila sa Manila (We have people who can substitue for them. The health officers also discussed who will be assigned to their respective barangays while they are in Manila for the meantime),” Yumang added.
The DOH official has encouraged the nurses, doctors, and medical technologists to volunteer for this program to augment the health workers in NCR.
“Nanghinaot mi nga unta kung gusto mo mutabang, pwede mo magsulat sa regional office kung mag-volunteer mo for this response nato ngadto sa National Capital Region (NCR) (We are hoping that those who wish to volunteer in our program in the Covid-19 response in NCR, they can let us know through formal letter to the regional office),” she said.
Buen Jasson Crave, one of the volunteer nurses, said he heeded the call to volunteer to help the medical forces in NCR, who are currently struggling due to the continuous surge of cases.
"We heed the call of the regional office na tulungan ang kapwa naming Pilipino doon dahil sa mga (to help our fellow Filipino in Manila due to) surges ng (of) new cases sa (in) NCR ng (of) Covid-19," Crave said.
Ivy Jane Pantonial, another volunteer nurse, admitted having hesitations at first.
"At first merong hesitations, but trust lang po talaga kay God. Alam naman naming di kami pababayaan ng (there were hesitation, but I just put my trust in God. We know that we won’t be neglected by the) Department of Health," Pantonial said.
NCR, along with its neighboring provinces, is currently experiencing a surge of cases, reportedly linked to the emergence of new Covid-19 variants.