Since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, countless of people had been furloughed or redundant which in turn had proven quite a challenge for the majority to find the means to make ends meet; livelihoods greatly affected & there’s undoubtedly a statistics of people out there who had experienced unimaginable negative impacts as a result of the global pandemic.
One of the essential assets in our fight against the virus and the flattening of the curve of covid-19 positive cases & death rates are our health and social care providers.
The health and social care services varies greatly from one country to another and to some countries financial allocation of medical equipment and financial assistance to health and social care providers — or more so the lack thereof — has been a contributory factor of the shortages of PPE in hospitals and other medical-related institutions or healthcare providers that are at the forefront of attending to covid-19 patients across the globe.
The Philippines is no exception to this be it in private or public hospitals.
Healthcare providers including but not limitedto Doctors, Nurses, Paramedics and others alike in the medical, health and social care field, are severely underpaid which does not reflect with the level of service they provide to the public amidst the pandemic. Quite a number of healthcare providers are financing their own PPEs to safeguard themselves from this deadly virus.
I happened to know a few and one of them is a relative of a near and dear friend of mine with whom I had a recent conversation with regarding the shortages of PPE situation of the workplace where my friend’s relative works at – in which is a hospital in the Province of Bohol (The Philippines) where I am originally from. To the Nurse, this meant that money from their salary had to be taken out in order for them to buy their own PPE.
This funding is aimed for the financial assistance to the said healthcare provider in order to be able to purchase PPE and this is due to the insufficient financial support from the hospital and the government.
Once the targeted amount has been raised, the money will go directly to the frontliner. The money raised is enough to buy sets of PPE including gloves, sanitisers, disposable masks and protective overalls that will last for weeks to a month.
I understand that there is so much uncertainty of everybody’s livelihood, however, the smallest contributions can make a massive difference. Your support is highly appreciated and I cannot emphasise enough how grateful and thankful I am for your collective contributions.
Stay safe everyone! ❤️
All the best,
- Stella Fel
- Kryz Fel