Bacolod Sends Appeal to Pres. Duterte Over Increasing COVID-19 Cases, Depleting Health Workers
DUTERTE – President Rodrigo Roa Duterte responded to the “Emergency” appeal of Bacolod over the COVID-19 cases in the city.
The total COVID-19 cases in the Philippines increases by at least three thousand daily for several days now. As of this writing, it has already reached 197,164 with 3,038 deaths and 132,396 recoveries.
Unfortunately, several health workers have contracted COVID-19 in their line of duty. Doctors, nurses, and other medical staff had to be put under quarantine after testing positive for the disease. Sadly, many of them already lost their lives to the disease.
One of the cities in the Philippines with confirmed cases of COVID-19 is Bacolod. Recently, Bacolod made an “Emergency and Urgent Appeal” to Pres. Rodrigo Roa Duterte over the situation in the city.
According Mayor Bing Leonardia, the manpower in hospitals in the city are already depleting after several health workers contracted COVID-19. Many hospital staff also resigned from work.
The Bacolod City Mayor appealed to the President to send 150 nurses, 20 doctors, and 30 medical technologists to back those who are reporting to duty. In his appeal, he expressed an understanding that the request is not easy to fill immediately.
Pres. Duterte responded to the appeal of Bacolod over the increasing COVID-19 cases in the city and the depleting health workers. Based on a report of Aksyon Radyo Bacolod, Senator Christopher “Bong” Go reached out to Mayor Leonardia through a text message.
Sen. Go said that Presidential Assistant for the Visayas Secretary Michael Lloyd Dino, Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu, and Gen. Mel Feliciano will be coming to the city tomorrow, August 27, to assess the situation.
Based on the report, the said officials are currently in Iloilo for a discussion with the city officials. In a call to Mayor Leonardia, AFP Visayas Command Center Cebu Gen. Robert Ancan also assured that the army doctors, nurses, and health workers will be helping those medical staff reporting to duty in the hospitals in the city.
National Task Force on COVID-19 chief implementer Carlito Galvez Jr. also promised to join the meeting. However, in the event that he cannot make it, he assured to fly to the city next week.
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