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BRTTH sends medical frontliners to ‘NCR Plus’

Author: Cyra Corral

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Bicol Regional Training and Teaching Hospital (BRTTH) deployed two of its medical frontliners to Dr. Jose N. Rodriguez Memorial Hospital and Sanitarium at Caloocan, Manila.

This was after the Department of Health (DOH) calls for more health workers to be redeployed to different hospitals at National Capital Region (NCR) Plus facing massive number of COVID-19 cases.

Together with four nurses from various public hospitals sent by DOH Region V, Mr. Irvin M. Sandia and Mr. Oscar E. Edralin Jr., both nurses of BRTTH, voluntarily commit themselves to help hospitals at NCR+.

"This is the time to give back the help they gave," Mr. Edralin said.

"Despite the risk, it was time to reciprocate. Because when Bicol Region needed help, NCR acted immediately," he added.

Patriotism and the desire to help fellow Filipinos urged Mr. Edralin to volunteer as part of the COVID-19 response.

"It is tiring yet fulfilling that you somehow helped and served fellow Filipinos without asking for compensation," he said.

Last April 2021, the two nurses were assigned at Dr. Jose N. Rodriguez Memorial Hospital and Sanitarium in Manila.

Despite the sworn duty, they were still afraid of what might happen. But it was part of their sworn oath and will fully obliged to it.

"Even though I have a fear of getting infected especially since the variant was different and the risk of death was high, I still chose to help," Mr. Sandia said.

Mr. Edralin also pointed out to show, share kindness and serve with compassion especially in this time of pandemic.

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought challenges to public health and loss to human life.

The impact and its consequences were unparalleled and this act of "bayanihan" in the health sector can truly help the community aid the scathing effect of the virus.