3000 Police W/ Medical Backgrounds To Help COVID-19 Frontliners in Metro Manila
POLICE – PNP chief Gen. Archie Gamboa said 3000 police with medical backgrounds will help COVID-19 frontliners in Metro Manila.
In a previous article, the Department of Health (DOH) said they are planning to pull out doctors and nurses deployed in rural areas for coronavirus fight in the National Capital Region (NCR). Healthcare workers reportedly opposed to their plan.
Dr. Carissa Rulla, a member of the Doctor to the Barrios (DTTB) clarified that the transfer to Manila is “voluntary.” She said nobody from their group has volunteered to transfer to the epicenter of COVID-19 in the country.
Based on a report from Philstar, Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Gen. Archie Gamboa said they have mobilized around 3000 cops with medical backgrounds for deployment in NCR. They will help medical workers in hospitals that are flooded with COVID-19 patients.
“We are national in scope and anytime we can pull them out and let them work anywhere, we are open to that,” he said.
According to the report, Gamboa said policemen who have degrees in medical-related courses such as medical technology, nursing, and radiology will undergo a 1-week orientation before deploying them in COVID-19 hospitals. This is in response to President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s directive to help hospitals full of coronavirus patients.
Gamboa also touted the capabilities of policemen in helping the health authorities with their contact tracing efforts. He said cops have cognitive skills. Their way of asking questions will help a person remember the people they had close contact with.
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