Time out’ for medical frontliners backed

A HOUSE  leader from Quezon City on Sunday expressed support for the appeal of doctors and other healthcare workers for a “time out” in their battle against coronavirus disease-19 (COVID19) pandemic.

House Assistant Minority Leader and Quezon City Rep. Precious Hipolito Castelo, vice chairperson of the House committee on Metro Manila development, said the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) should heed the medical workers’ plea.

“Let us listen to them. They are the ones on the frontline. Indeed, after five months of fighting this pandemic, they are exhausted physically, emotionally and mentally,” said Castelo.

Castelo added several doctors and nurses have died and many others have fallen sick while battling COVID-19.

“Our medical workers are asking for a short time to recuperate. Let us give it to them,” she added.

She pointed out that this would also ease the pressure on the country’s healthcare system, which is on the verge of being overwhelmed by the pandemic.

She noted that many hospitals in Metro Manila are already turning away patients showing COVID-19 symptoms because they have reached full capacity.