Guv to pub­lic: ‘Stop de­scrim­i­nat­ing health work­ers’

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GOV­ER­NOR Eu­ge­nio Jose Lac­son is ap­peal­ing to ev­ery­one not to de­scrim­i­nate doc­tors and other med­i­cal per­son­nel be­cause they are our front­lin­ers in the war against this coro­n­avirus dis­ease (Covid-19).

“It’s a shame to de­scrim­i­nate these front­lin­ers. they sacri­ficed them­selves for the pro­fes­sion that they chose but they take care of them­selves well and they fol­low the pro­to­col,” Lac­son said.

“That is the worst filipino trait to de­scrim­i­nate our health work­ers,” Lac­son em­pha­sized.

Lac­son made the state­ment af­ter he re­ceived a let­ter from some lo­cal doc­tors

in the prov­ince ask­ing for interventi­on af­ter sev­eral med­i­cal staff started com­plain­ing of dis­crim­i­na­tion from the pub­lic amid con­cerns on the spread of coro­n­avirus dis­ease (Covid19).

Based on a let­ter made by River­side Med­i­cal Cen­ter Cor­po­rate Com­mu­ni­ca­tions head Chuck Estrella and ad­dressed to Lac­son, some of their em­ploy­ees were de­nied rides by trisikads and jeep­neys, af­ter the first Covid-19 pos­i­tive pa­tient was re­ported.

Cof­fee shops have also re­port­edly de­nied them en­try and some were re­port­edly even ver­bally ha­rassed by po­lice of­fi­cers. They have also re­ceived re­ports that some land­lords and their neigh­bors were or­der­ing their staff to va­cate the premises fear­ing pos­si­ble con­tam­i­na­tion.

“Af­ter all the sac­ri­fices they made, in­clud­ing risk­ing their lives, this is what we ex­pect them to face?” Estrella ques­tioned.

In an­other let­ter made by Dr. Con­nie Rose Ben­jamin of the Philip­pine Col­lege of Physi­ciansne­gros Oc­ci­den­tal, she urged the gov­er­nor to in­ter­vene over the mat­ter point­ing that not all med­i­cal per­son­nel in the said hospi­tal have been ex­posed to the Covid-19 pos­i­tive pa­tient.

She also pointed out that even be­fore the pa­tient had tested pos­i­tive, he had al­ready been placed in an iso­la­tion room, and the med­i­cal staff who got ex­posed are al­ready on quar­an­tine.

Ben­jamin fur­ther pointed out that the pub­lic should avoid dis­crim­i­nat­ing med­i­cal work­ers, as they also need mental and emo­tional sup­port.

In re­sponse to the ha­rass­ment ac­cu­sa­tions com­ing from the po­lice, Ba­colod City Po­lice Office Spokesper­son Po­lice Lt. Colonel Ariel Pico, urged River­side Med­i­cal Cen­ter to for­ward to their office the names of the po­lice of­fi­cers in ques­tion.

Pico said such be­hav­ior will not be tol­er­ated as it vi­o­lates the code of ethics of the academy.

The po­lice of­fi­cial also said that once they re­ceive the names of the cops in ques­tion, they will im­me­di­ately con­duct an in­ves­ti­ga­tion, and if proven, the in­volved po­lice of­fi­cers may face sanc­tions./tde

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