DOH condemns attacks vs health workers
MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Health (DOH) condemned reports of attacks against health care workers fighting against the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We strongly condemn the violence and reports of discrimination experienced by our health care workers,” Assistant Health Secretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said, citing the report about a health worker in Sultan Kudarat who was sprayed with bleach.
“We should respect and give importance to our health care workers, who sacrifice and work tirelessly to protect us,” said Vergeire.
In Cebu City, two men on a motorcycle splashed a nurse with chlorine while the latter was on his way home.
There were also reports that health workers were refused service in eateries, denied rides in public transport and asked to leave their apartments.
—Reports from Tina Santos and Leila B. Salaverria
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