Isko: Manila to hire more health workers

August 04, 2020
Isko Moreno & Mayor Honey Lacuna
Mayor Isko Moreno and Vice Mayor Honey Lacuna gather around the directors and officials of the six city-run hospitals to discuss how to address the tiredness of the medical personnel due to the sudden rise in COVID cases. At Lacuna's left are Dr. Ted Martin, director of the Gat Andres Bonifacio Memorial Medical Center and beside him is Dr. Merle Sacdalan, chief of the Justice Abad Santos General Hospital. Photo by JERRY S. TAN

Isko, Honey reach out to weary health workers.

MANILA Mayor Isko Moreno and Vice Mayor Honey Lacuna reached out to the members of the health sector under the employ of the city government, in an effort to formulate ways that would strike a balance between easing their weariness and continuously providing the best health care that is needed by the  residents at this time.

This, as Moreno announced that the city government is hiring more medical personnel to augment the already existing manpower in the hospitals.

It was learned that on Monday, he signed the new appointments of seven doctors, two medical technologists, six nurses and 16 administrative staff.

“Kanina po ay nagplano kami kasama ang health sector kung paano hindi maaapektuhan ang medical care na ating prino-provide sa public, habang tayo ay nag-iisip ng kaparaanan para makapagpahinga ang ating mga doctors and nurses,” he said.

Moreno added: “I believe most of my doctors ay pagod na po, kaya we continue to brainstorm paano natin iba-balance at pahahalagahan ang buhay ng ating mga frontliners nang hindi nasasakripisyo ang buhay naman ng publiko.”

The mayor also announced  that the e-trike services will continue to be made available for the medical frontliners, who will be brought to and from their work specially with the transition to the modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) from August 4 to 18.

This, he said, is also meant to provide tricycle drivers with a source of income.

The mayor again called on the public to take extra care of themselves, saying the medical frontliners are already getting tired specially with the recent surge of COVID cases.

“Mga kababayan, mag-ingat po tayo parati. Hindi po biro ang ating kinakaharap na pandemya. Hindi po sila pwedeng magkasakit. Sila po talaga ang aasahan natin--- ang mga doctors, nurses, and other medical practitioners na kailangan natin sa panahon na ito,” Moreno stressed.

It was learned that Moreno and Lacuna are talking to the directors of the six city-run hospitals and members of the Manila Health Department under Dr. Arnold Pangan to come up with an effective scheme that would address their tiredness without sacrificing health care in any way. Lacuna is in charge of the city hospitals, being a doctor herself.

Meanwhile, Moreno said that the city’s 13th quarantine facility in Quiapo will be ready for use soon, as he and Lacuna inspected it Monday to check on its progress.

The mayor has earlier said that the city is nearing its limit when it comes to the capacity of its hospitals and quarantine facilities owing to a huge increase in the number of persons contracting COVID-19.