Nurses in Cebu City Private Hospitals Fear Safety Amid COVID-19 Pandemic
CEBU CITY PRIVATE HOSPITALS – The nurses in hospitals in the city want to resign as they fear for their safety now that hospitals are full of COVID-19 patients.
The Philippines is currently on a battle against the COVID-19 pandemic. The Department of Health (DOH) has already recorded a total of 32,295 cases of coronavirus in the country.
Out of the said number, 8,656 coronavirus patients have already recovered from the disease while 1,204 died. More than 1,500 of the COVID-19 cases in the country are healthcare workers who contracted the disease while on duty.
The entire country is under a community quarantine now. Due to its increasing cases of coronavirus, Cebu City was placed back to Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) from General Community Quarantine (GCQ).
The cases of COVID-19 in Cebu continues to increase. Recently, a doctor spoke to ABS-CBN’s TeleRadyo and revealed the situation in private hospitals now.
According to Dr. Peter Mancao, Cebu Medical Society’s public relations officer, the Cebu City private hospitals designated to accommodate coronavirus cases are now full of COVID-19 patients. The nurses want to resign as they fear for their safety.
Dr. Mancao expressed that he talked to the chief clinical officer (CCO) nurse who said that they wanted to resign because they are afraid now. He stressed that “the nurses are very low in morale” and there’s a need to re-arm.
Based on the report, amid the nurses worrying about their safety as Cebu City private hospitals are full of COVID-19 patients now, the healthcare workers must be given the proper PPE. He also pushed for the possible increase on the salary of the healthcare workers.
“Maybe increase their salary so they can eat well and they are healthy. As far as hospitals, maybe an incentive for them to take in more COVID patients,” Dr. Mancao said according to the report.
Based on an experience of Dr. Mancao’s relative, there is also a need to correct the systems observed in hospitals. His relative arrived at the ER at 11:00 am, was admitted at 8:00 pm, and, at 10:00 pm, the patient was intubated.
The doctor stressed that it must reach the authorities that there is a great need to serious now. The efforts to curb the spread of the disease most especially the prevention takes must be doubled.
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