Isko: More health workers being hired

August 05, 2020
Isko Moreno & Honey Lacuna
Mayor Isko Moreno and Vice Mayor Honey Lacuna discuss further plans to hire more medical workers as the fight against COVID-19 continues. Photo by JERRY S. TAN

THE city of Manila hired at least a thousand additional medical personnel since the national health emergency began in March.

This was learned from Mayor Isko Moreno, who said the city government in fact continues to get more health care workers to augment the existing ones. On Monday, he signed the new appointments of seven doctors, two medical technologists, six nurses and 16 administrative staff.

Moreno said he and Vice Mayor Honey Lacuna are in constant touch with the directors and key officials of the six city-run hospitals to ensure that should any problem arise, an immediate solution will be made available.

During a meeting a couple of days ago, Moreno and Lacuna asked for updates on the situation in the hospitals and were assured by the hospital directors that the city’s health care system is doing well.

Moreno assured them that the hiring of additional medical personnel will continue as this is aimed at easing up the workload of each health care worker.

When he assumed the mayorship last year, Moreno vowed to do away with the system under the previous administration where nurses would work two to three shifts due to lack of enough manpower in the hospitals.

”Mga tao rin naman ang ating mga doktor, nurse at maging administrative staff. Napapagod din sila. Kapag ganoong sobra-sobra na ang trabaho, sila naman ang magkakasakit and we cannot afford to let them get sick, specially nowadays,” he explained.

Meanwhile, Moreno said the free testing at the two drive-thru and three walk-in COVID test centers will continue amid the modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ).

Moreno also reiterated his appeal for the residents to take good care of themselves and exercise voluntary discipline.

“Pag-ingatan nyo ang sarili nyo… magkusang disiplina tayo kasi punong-puno na  … sa kalsada na kayo gagamutin, sa basketball court na kayo gagamutin. Sa barangay hall na kayo matutulog dahil wala pong paglalagakan kaya kailangan natin talagang mag-ingat”, he stressed.