One can’t help but feel disgust, anger, shock, disbelief and dismay, among many others, over news that health workers are experiencing various kinds of discrimination and mistreatment from a few selfish, narrow-minded individuals.
News reports have it that a hospital worker in a provincial hospital was attacked by a group of men while he was walking on his way home. The men reportedly emptied a bottle of bleaching formula on his face.
Fortunately, the health worker survived with minor injury in the face and his eyes were saved. Doctors reportedly said that the worker, who happens to the breadwinner in his family, could have gone blind as a result of the incident.
There was also this story of a male nurse from another provincial hospital whose face was hurled with chlorine.
And then, there are also reports of health personnel being evicted from their rented living spaces and even their own homes.
Obviously, a stigma had been attached to them, unnecessarily and unfairly. Some now consider them as ‘threats’ to their own health and as possible sources of the dreaded virus, given the fact that they are exposed to patients everyday.
At this time when the country, in fact the entire world, is in dire need of more health workers who are willing to sacrifice enough, we don’t need these kinds of things happening to them. It’s just lamentable and downright condemnable.
Easily said, it is hard enough for these health personnel to deal with the possibility of getting infected by COVID-19 on a day-to-day basis and at the risk of infecting their families or even losing them or their very own lives.
They are, at the very least, our saviours, our modern-day heroes and thus do not deserve to be treated as ‘kadiri’ or walking contagions.
Simply said, they are not our enemies. In fact, they are our most-needed allies against the common enemy which is the coronavirus. Without them, what will happen to us? These health workers are our only hope so stop being jerks, people!
In a press conference hastily called by Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) general manager Ed Monreal Sunday night, a media member brought up an issue that the Lionair incident which claimed eight lives at the main runway of the NAIA was the second to happen in a matter of months, the first having been in September 2019 in Laguna. Both are said to be medical evacuation (medivac) missions.
The ill-fated aircraft bound for Haneda, Japan lined up for take-off along Runway 24 of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) at 7:57 p.m.
Just before taking off, the aircraft, a Westwind 1124A business jet, suddenly burst into flames and stopped just meters before the end of the runway.
All of those on board were killed instantly. They reportedly included three flight crew, a flight med, a nurse, a doctor and two patients, one of whom was an American national while the other one was a Canadian national.
By the way, the airline involved in the accident of RP-C5880 is Lionair, Inc. A charter airline operating and registered in the Philippines,is not affiliated with Lion Air Indonesia, the low-cost airline based in Jakarta.
Reports quote aviation authorities as saying that it will take about a year for the investigation into the incident to finishe.
Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) spokesperson Eric Apolonio said that pending the outcome of an investigation, it has been decided that Lionair's entire fleet will be grounded. Let us hope the grounding will not be lifted until and after a conclusive finding is established as to what really caused the Sunday evening tragedy.
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