The Department of Health (DOH) stepped up to condemn acts of harassment and violence against health care workers in a televised press conference this Sunday.
“Mariin pong kinokondena ng ating kagawaran ang karahasan at reports at diskriminasyon sa ating health care workers,” Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire began. [Our department strongly condemns the reports of violence and discrimination against our health care workers.]
“Tayo po ay nakatanggap ng ilang reports na ang ating health care workers ay naha-harass at nagiging biktima ng krimen,” she added. [We have received several reports of our health care workers getting harassed and being victims of crimes.]
Vergeire says that such acts could cause serious harm to our health workers.
“Sa panahon ng krisis, nananawagan po kami, itigil po natin ang karahasan. Itigil po natin ang diskriminasyon laban sa ating mga health care workers. Bagkus tayo po ay magtulungan para mas mapadali at mas mapalakas pa ang ating laban kontra COVID-19,” Vergeire concluded.
[In this time of crisis, we are calling out to stop the violence. Let’s stop the discrimination against our health workers. Instead, let’s work together for a better and stronger fight against COVID-19.]
Health workers and frontliners have reported incidents of harassment and violence in their workplace. They have also been subject to discrimination in their places of residence. These incidents have been due to the nature of their work.
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