“An Appeal for Shortened Working Hours for Medical Frontliners”

“An Appeal for Shortened Working Hours for Medical Frontliners”

It’s always been challenging to be a health worker in terms of the working environment, responsibility, and time allowed to serve the best medical care for every patient in different medical fields.

In this trying times battling with COVID-19, the pressure and deal were intense for every health worker. Through this, it’s important for them to get enough rest to work efficiently.

As one of the steps to curb the incidence of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) among physicians, nurses, and other frontline staff in the battle against the pandemic, the Department of Health (DOH) is targeting reduced working hours for healthcare employees.

Health Under-Secretary Maria Rosario Vergeire stated that the DOH intends to shorten health-care workers’ working hours on the advice of health workers who have visited the region.

Many of the health workers have been on service for 24 hours and expect to be able to shorten their shift so that they can get more rest and reduce their exposure and cut down on future hospital transmission.

Healthcare staff is at high risk of having the infection because they are the ones who care for COVID patients, but Vergeire said steps are being taken to tackle the problem.

The DOH has long developed a guideline on the correct use of PPEs and requires health staff to adhere strictly to it. Claims that the lack of PPEs contributed to the country’s high number of COVID cases among health care staff. Vergeire emphasized that at the start of the COVID pandemic the DOH tackled the issue of PPE scarcity.

They clarified that many care personnel has been vulnerable to the infection because patients have failed to report their history of travel or prior exposure to the virus.

The World Health Organisation has described the pattern of COVID infection in the country as alarming, as health workers account for 13 percent of the total cases.

It’s a helpful decision to protect and maintain the health of every physician, nurses, medical technologists, radiologists, pharmacists, and many more medical frontliners.

As Mark Helperin said, “sufficient sleep, exercise, healthy food, friendship, and peace of mind are necessities, not luxuries.”

May all the health workers get enough rest they need and grant such time to maintain their immune system in a good state by granting them this kind of opportunity.

Salute to all Health Frontliners!

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