By Ernie Reyes
Filipino health workers (Unicef photo courtesy)
MANILA — Health care frontliners have arguably made the greatest of sacrifices
in the country’s fight against the COVID-19 pandemic by putting their
lives at constant risk while treating patients afflicted by the deadly
virus, Senator Sonny Angara said on Monday.
Angara said that in the early part of 2020 when there was a surge of
COVID-19 cases, the entire health care system was overwhelmed, and as
the tally of active cases and deaths went up, so did the number of
doctors, nurses and other health frontliners who were infected and
even succumbed while performing their task of saving lives.
“There is Dr. CJ Castillo, who contracted COVID-19 while treating
patients in the intensive care unit. She was comatose for close to two
weeks and almost lost her life while trying to save the lives of
others,” Angara said
he added: “Then there is Dr. Nicko Bautista, who was among the eight
who perished in a plane crash at NAIA in March of 2020. Dr. Bautista
was part of a medical mission to Tokyo, Japan when the tragic accident
Angara also cite Cesar Velasco, a clinical support worker based in the
United Kingdom, was intubated for 52 days after contracting the deadly
virus. He barely survived his ordeal but in spite of what happened, he
remains committed to his duty to this day.
“Theresa Cruz, a registered nurse, who after 10 years of service, also
contracted COVID-19. She never wavered in her passion and dedication
to her job even if it meant exposing herself to the deadly virus. The
single mother lost her battle with COVID and left behind her three
children,” the senator added.
Angara said that like the families and friends of Castillo, Bautista
and Cruz, as well as all of the health workers who continue their work
in the front lines of the battle against COVID-19, the entire nation
salutes these new heroes.
The senator, who contracted COVID-19 and was hospitalized, paid
tribute to our health frontliners, who he said are the epitome of
Tatak Pinoy (Proudly Pinoy).
He said that because of their outstanding service, Filipino health
care workers have earned praise both domestically and internationally.
“They are among the best and most reliable in their field of work and
bring honor to the Philippines, wherever they are in the world.”
“Habang hindi tumitigil ang laban kontra COVID-19, hindi din tumitigil
ang bilang ng mga Pilipinong handang mag alay ng sarili para sa iba.
Handang sumuong sa giyera kahit pa buhay nila ang nakataya. Walang
hanggang pagpupugay para sa Filipino health workers. Mabuhay ang Tatak
Pinoy!” Angara said. (ai/mtvn)