MANILA – Saying the fight against the deadly coronavirus is far from over, Presidential Assistant for Legislative Affairs Undersecretary Jacinto “Jing” Paras donated Wednesday personal protective equipment (PPE), face masks and food items to frontline healthcare workers of the Philippine General Hospital.
The former lawmaker from Negros Oriental was accompanied by University of the Philippines Executive Vice-President, Dr. Teddy Herbosa in distributing the donated items specially purchased from his one-month salary from the government.
PGH Director Dr. Gap Legaspi and Spokesman Dr. Jonas del Rosario were on hand to receive the donated goods from Paras. Director Legaspi thanked Paras for the very timely donation and he also thanked the continued support of public servants like Paras in the continued support to the medical front liners not only at PGH but in other hospitals as well.
For his part, Paras said the country needs the support of everyone and to give hope and inspiration to hospital workers who are in the front lines risking lives to save others in the fight against the killer disease.
The former Negros Oriental congressman also encourages his co- workers in the government service like department secretaries, undersecretaries, assistant secretaries and directors for them to also donate at least a month’s salary to support the front-liners who are badly in need of PPEs, face masks and food from government and the private sector.
“People in the government and private sector should give priority in terms of proper care and assistance to healthcare front liners for they are the most vulnerable people in the fight versus Covid-19,” Paras said.
“As a matter of fact, so many of them have died in the midst of helping patients suffering from Covid-19,” Paras added.
Of those who died, 21 are doctors while six are nurses.
Of this writing, the number of health workers infected with Covid-19 are as follows: nurses, 842; doctors/physicians, 671; nursing assistants, 144; medical technologists, 84; radiologic technologists, 42; and 284 non-medical staff. (ia/SovereignPH.com)