Pampanga doctor witnesses plight of exhausted hospital workers, hails them for ‘every patient sent home’
Two nursing attendants at Jose B. Lingad Memorial General Hospital in San Fernando City, Pampanga, who were photographed taking a quick rest while “drenched in sweat under their PPEs,” recently drew admiration and respect from Filipinos online.
Third-year resident doctor Kaydee Magsino-Santiago shared on Facebook the photo of the nursing attendants, Ronnie and Jazzel, taken at 1 a.m. on April 13. Magsino-Santiago described them as “unsung heroes” for their commitment during this time of the pandemic.
“Caught our Nursing attendants at 1 AM taking a quick rest and I am not even sure if it really was a rest. Took them only minutes, got back to work with no sleep, drenched in sweat under their PPEs,” she observed.
Magsino-Santiago said her colleagues not only perform medical tasks such as monitoring the patients, checking their oxygen tanks and changing their diapers; they also clean and disinfect rooms.
Caught our Nursing attendants at 1 AM taking a quick rest and I am not even sure if it really was a rest. Took them only…
“But you know what is best about them, they are filling in what every COVID-19 patient needs, a family member,” said Santiago. “I am sure kasi mismong patients nagsasabi sa akin na sobra nila naappreciate sila Sir.” (I am sure because the patients themselves tell me that they very much appreciate them.)
“They work with a low wage yet give the best of their efforts. The best kayo, Sir! (You’re the best, sirs!)” she added. “A thank you will not be enough but know that behind every patient sent home, a huge part was because of you.” JB
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