Isko mourns death of another medical front-liner to Covid-19

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Manila City Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso announced Wednesday the death of another medical front-liner serving in one of the city’s public hospitals due to coronavirus, as he extended his condolences to the bereaved family.

“Nalulungkot po kami na kahapon, isa na namang frontliner o doctor ng pamahalaang lungsod ng Maynila ang sumakabilang buhay, nakalulungkot po,” he said in a Facebook post.

With this, Domagoso reiterated his call to all Manilenyos to strictly observe health safety protocols to combat the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).

“Kaya patuloy ang aming panawagan na kayo ay laging magsuot ng mask, maghugas ng kamay at umiwas sa pakikipag-usap hanggat maaari o practice physical distancing,” he said.

In a separate Facebook post of the Justice Jose Abad Santos General Hospital (JJASGH) on Tuesday, it said it has lost “one of its heroes for children”, Dr. Reino “Nong” Palacpac.

“Dr. Nong was a medical officer in the Department of Pediatrics. He was a mild-mannered, dedicated, and compassionate pediatrician who was loved by his patients and his co-workers. He was one of the pioneers of JJASGH, having served the hospital since its opening up to the time of his passing. He got infected with this dreaded virus doing his life’s mission of serving Filipino children,” it said in a statement.

“Dr. Nong’s heart for service was very much evident up to the end of his life, thinking of how he could go on duty again once he recovers. But God might be in need of a selfless pediatrician and a kind soul in heaven,” it added.

Domagoso said this is proof that the coronavirus does not choose based on one’s social standing, and that anybody could get infected.

“Kung ang mga doctor at nurses na mayroon nang sapat na kalaaman kung pano maililigtas o maiiiwas ang kanilang sarili sa kapahamakan dulot ng Covid-19 virus ay nagkakasakit at namamatay, mano pa tayong ordinaryong mamamayan na walang sapat na kaaalaman,” he said.

Domagoso added that despite the number of deaths, the tally of recoveries, on the other hand, is also increasing.

As of Wednesday, Manila has 3,128 confirmed cases and 1,532 recoveries.

The city has already conducted 15,792 tests for Covid-19. (PNA)