TEN nurses from the Philippine National Police (PNP) this week were sent off to the Cardinal Santos Medical Center in San Juan City by PNP chief General Guillermo Lorenzo T. Eleazar to help reinforce the facility’s medical staff.
The top cop said that the assignment of the 10 nurses from the PNP Health Service came following President Duterte’s directive for the PNP and the Armed Forces to help private and public hospitals struggling to address COVID-19 cases.
The 10 nurses from the PNP-HS headed by Brigadier Gen. Antonino R. Cirujales were turned over by Eleazar to the Department of Health (DOH) amid their ongoing effort to fully comply with the presidential directive to beef-up the presence of nurses in the country’s hospitals and help attend to the needs of COVID-19 patients.
“The existing manpower of hospitals is not enough to cater to the health care needs of severe and critical COVID positive patients hence we are thankful for the additional support and manpower from the PNP who will be assigned in COVID wards,” DOH-National Capital Region Director Gloria J. Balboa said.
Balboa also thanked the PNP for its unrelenting effort to help prevent the spread of the deadly virus since March 2020 by manning border control checkpoints to prevent the passage of unauthorized persons specifically in the National Capital Region (NCR) Plus, while ensuring the full implementation of minimum public health safety protocols specifically the wearing of face masks and face shields and physical distancing.
Rain or shine, the DOH-NCR head said that police are helping minimize the spread of the virus while managing their isolation facilities and guarding vaccination centers to ensure safety and security of the country’s health workers.
“Lastly, this provision of additional manpower to our public and private hospitals like the Cardinal Santos Medical Center is a concrete proof of our cooperation as one country, by working together to recover as one,” Balboa added.
Eleazar said the PNP is more than prepared to support government programs for the promotion of health and for the benefit of the Filipino people.
The top cop also lauded the PNP Medical Force for the self-sacrifice and dedicated effort they offer in the name of health and public service.
“This pandemic has taken a toll to our beloved organization as many of our police frontliners have been infected and lost their lives due to this pandemic, yet we stood our ground without hesitation in selflessly serving our community and we shall continue to do so,” Eleazar said.
“To our 10 Health Service nurses who will be initially assigned at the Cardinal Santos Medical Center and to all our PNP medical force, we commend all of your hard work, professionalism, dedication, and commitment during this challenging time. Undeniably, no cause is more worthy than the cause of saving human lives. As law enforcers, we shall continuously serve as beacons of hope and vanguards of humanitarian action in the interest of national security, public safety, and public health,” he added.