Health workers of an Iloilo hospital are now the targets of discrimination after the hospital confirmed it is treating the first COVID-19 positive case in the province.
Nurses, resident doctors, medical technicians and even the security guards of The Medical City Iloilo have been told to leave their boarding houses by landlords and have even refused service in eateries over concerns of contamination.
Some of the health workers and staffers of the hospital have even been barred from riding buses and were ordered to turn back at border checkpoints.
“It is very disheartening to know that the very people who have sworn to take care of us are now being discriminated against. These people are risking their own lives so the rest of us may live. Please take note that our biggest enemy is COVID 19 and should not be ignorance. Let us educate ourselves properly so we may understand why they do what they do. After them, we have no one,” Dr. Felix Ray Villa, chief executive officer of The Medical City Iloilo, said in a statement.