Duterte okays NTF proposal to give P10,000-P15,000 aid to health workers with mild COVID-19

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President Duterte on Sunday evening authorised the advice of the National Task Force (NTF) towards coronavirus illness (COVID-19) to give P10,000 to P15,000 every to health care workers with mild an infection to assist them with their remedy.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte (SIMEON CELI JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO/ MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO)

NTF Chief Implementer Carlito Galvez made the proposal throughout a particular assembly referred to as by Duterte to deal with the considerations raised by the medical neighborhood to tighten the neighborhood quarantine in Mega Manila amid the record-breaking surge of infections.

According to Galvez, the monetary aid shall by some means ease the predicament of health care workers who acquired contaminated whereas within the line of responsibility.

“We found out that [for] those who are affected by COVID, there is some sort of psychological impact on our health care workers,” Galvez stated.

Galvez identified that below the Bayanihan to Heal As One Act (Bayanihan 1), the federal government has given P1 million every to the households of health care workers who died, and P100,000 every to those that have been severely sick.

“But for those mild who are also hospitalized and also having the anguish, we recommend sir na mabigyan sila ng kahit (to give them) P10,000. Almost 5,000 ‘yong naging positive natin (We almost have 5,000 COVID-positive [health care workers]),” Galvez stated.

“May emotional breakdown ang isang… especially ‘yong health care worker na he even exposed himself to the danger and later he will be discriminated. That anguish parang hindi natin maano. They spend din money for their own medicine. It is proper lang na mabigyan natin kahit konti sir, (An emotionl breakdown is likely to happen especially to a health care worker who exposed himself to the danger and later he will be discriminated. That anguish, we cannot [take it]. They spend their own money too for their own medicine. It is but proper to give them even just a little),” he added.

Duterte then replied: “I agree with you. [Make it] even P15,000.”

Aside from the financial help, Duterte additionally agreed to give health care workers extra advantages equivalent to danger allowance, life insurance coverage, free lodging, free transportation, and free testing.

On Sunday, numerous medical societies appealed to the federal government to reimpose stricter neighborhood quarantine standing in Metro Manila and its close by areas to management the surge of infections and forestall the collapse of the health care system.

“Pagod na pagod na po kami, hindi lang physically but mentally as well. Marami sa amin ang nagkakasakit na ng COVID-19 (We are exhausted, not only physically but mentally as well. A lot of us have fallen ill),” stated Philippine College of Physicians Vice President Encarnita Limpin.

The Department of Health reported 5,032 new circumstances on Sunday, a record-high, which introduced the entire variety of circumstances to 103,185. There have been additionally 65,557 recoveries (301 new) and a couple of,059 deaths (20 for the day).

During the particular assembly, Duterte authorised the advice of Health Secretary Francisco Duque III to revert Metro Manila, Bulacan, Laguna, Cavite, and Rizal to modified improve neighborhood quarantine (MECQ) from August 4 to 18.

 

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