Apr 2, 2020

Doctors, nurses and other health workers and staff across the country have come together to fight the pandemic. They have sworn to protect and take care of the Filipino people even if it means costing their lives. But due to misplaced fears, some people tend to think irrationally as they desperately seek a false sense of security. 

On Friday, Mar. 27, one personnel of St. Louis Hospital in Tacurong City, Sultan Kudarat was attacked by five individuals and had bleach violently splashed on his face which could have permanently damaged his eyes. Fortunately, the personnel was given immediate treatment. The case was already reported to the local police station.

ST. LOUIS HOSPITAL'S OFFICIAL STATEMENT ON FRONTLINER HARASSMENT INCIDENT (28 March 2020)

Posted by St. Louis Hospital – Tacurong City on Saturday, March 28, 2020

In Cebu City, two unidentified men splattered chlorine over a nurse’s face. And on Saturday, Mar. 28, Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia confirmed that she received a report of homeowners drafting a petition to disallow medical frontliners from entering their subdivision in Bogo City.

The discrimination against health workers is only getting worse by the day. A lot of medical frontliners were now evicted by their landlords while some were denied transportation.

Because of this, the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) will provide legal help to protect health workers and staff who are being stigmatized. “We will uphold their rights and defend them against any inequity or prejudice,” said IBP president Domingo Cayosa in a statement on Wednesday, Mar. 31. According to Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles, the Philippine National Police has also instructed their officers to escort frontliners to their workplace.

The virus is spreading fast, with more recorded deaths than recoveries and there’s still no preventive treatment or vaccine until now. Hospitals are struggling to accommodate all patients and they’re currently facing a PPE (personal protective equipment) shortage. So yes, the fear surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic is normal. But this doesn’t warrant the use of violence or depriving vulnerable groupsespecially the frontlinersof their basic human rights.

 

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