BBM exhorts gov’t to provide free medicines, vitamins to families of health care workers

January 13, 2022 Ryan Ponce Pacpaco 159 views

PARTIDO Federal ng Pilipinas (PFP) standard bearer Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos, Jr., today called on the government to provide free vitamins and medicines to the immediate relatives of all health care workers in the country, noting that they are the most vulnerable in contracting the dreaded coronavirus disease.

Marcos said every health worker has accepted the danger they are facing in this pandemic, but what weighs them down the most, aside from the low wages and delayed benefits – is when their loved ones get sick because of them.

“Pag-uwi nila ng bahay ay bitbit din nila ang anumang virus na nakuha nila sa hospital. Hindi natin nakikita ang kalaban pero malamang, bitbit nila sa kanilang tahanan ang nakukuhang virus at mikrobyo sa mula sa pinapasukang hospital,” Marcos said.

“Kahit sabihin pa nating naka-PPE sila. Hindi pa rin ito garantiya na ligtas na sila para mahawa at makapanghawa,” he added.

He then recommended that both the national and local government units must immediately ensure that they have sufficient supply of essential medicines and vitamins not only for the frontliners but also for their immediate relatives.

“Mahirap sa pakiramdam iyong alam mong ikaw bilang frontliner ang dahilan kung bakit nagkasakit ang iyong kamag-anak. Mas masakit sa kalooban lalo na ikaw mismo ay wala nang magawa dahil lumala na ang kanilang karamdaman, he explained.

“Ang masaklap, habang inaalagaan mo ang ibang pasyente, sarili mong pamilya ay hindi mo maalagaan,” he added.

According to the Department of Health, around 29,609 health care workers have already tested positive for Covid-19 ever since the pandemic broke out in 2020.

About 97 percent of that number were reported to have recovered, but there was no sufficient number of how many of their relatives became infected, ill or died.

“Sana manatiling malusog ang ating health workers. At sana malusog din ang kanilang pamilya,” he stressed.

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