Honoring Nurse’s Day: DOH calls for more HCWs to be heroes of World War C

Nurses World War CThe Department of Health (DOH) is calling on more healthcare workers to join the battle versus COVID-19, following the announcement of the Inter-Agency Tasks Force (IATF) for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases new guidelines for community quarantine across the nation.

In the May 12 Beat COVID-19 Virtual Presser, in honor of the International Nurses Day, Health Undersecretary Dr. Maria Rosario Singh-Vergeire spoke with the National President of the Philippine Nurses Association, Inc. (PNA) Dr. Rosie De Leon on the need for more nurses to join the national response against COVID-19.

De Leon said that the nurses who are currently on the frontline have never been more motivated to fight against the pandemic.

“Kapag nakatulong kami, we are motivated po. Pag nag-i-improve ang ating country, lahat kaming mga nurses are motivated to continue fighting,” she said.

She further explained that the 24/7 role that nurses play goes well beyond the serving the physical needs of the patients.

Nurses are also a source of emotional support that help manage the anxiety and fear levels of not just patients, but also all their other co-workers in the hospital.

Amidst the call for more nurses, De Leon reiterated that self-discipline is critical for nurses, especially at this time, because they can only help other people through the sickness when they themselves are healthy.

“Together we will fight as one,” she said. “We heal as one nation.”

Source: DOH, May 14, 2020