MANILA — The Department of Health on Wednesday called on the public to wear red arm bands to show support for health workers who are at the frontlines of the battle against the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
“This is a sign of our support… especially for the doctors who have died and the health workers who continue to fight and care for the patients here in the Philippines,” said Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire during the televised Laging Handa briefing on Wednesday.
“I encourage everyone to wear this to show support for them,” she added.
The DOH has yet to release the number of health workers infected by COVID-19, but some medical organizations have issued statements hailing the work of doctors who have died after contracting the disease while on duty.
The latest fatality is the provincial health chief of Pampanga, Dr. Marcelo Jaochico. He used to be part of the Doctor to the Barrios program of the government, serving in far-flung barrios of Calanasan, Apayao.
Other doctors who have reportedly succumbed to COVID-19 were cardiologists Raul Jara and Israel Bactol, and anesthesiologist Gregory Macasaet.