Healthcare is often lauded as an honorable profession done out of love for service. But even with that mindset, many have yet to acknowledge that the industry is suffering from discrimination. In Iloilo City, reports about healthcare workers (HCWs) barred from their homes during the early months of the outbreak. The local government swiftly handled the situation but incidents like this puts into light what our medical professionals may be dealing with even before COVID-19.
Shortage of personal protective equipment was widespread at the onset of the pandemic and we can’t imagine what the HCWs were going through. They’ve been pleading to governments to protect them so they can manage the situation better. They’re in a battlefield with an unseen enemy. They need all the support they can get.
May this crisis remind us that HCWs are also human beings. The virus doesn’t discriminate, only humans do.