Washington Post documents PGH health workers in the frontline against COVID-19

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Pinoy frontliners featured in The Washington Post. Photos courtesy of The Washington Post.

The Washington Post featured Pinoy health workers at the Philippine General Hospital (PGH) who are in the frontlines of the Philippines’ battle against the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

The American daily newspaper’s photographer Martin San Diego followed a team of PGH anesthesiologists to tell the story of how Filipinos are working tirelessly day and night to stop COVID-19 and prevent the disease from further infecting others. The photos showed real-time situations in Philippine hospitals.

The Washington Post article published on April 11, 2020, written by Regine Cabato featured anesthesiology residents Issa Guerrero and Gibson Ibale and internal medicine resident John Jefferson Besa and their experiences while dealing with the disease.

Gibson Ibale is a 29-year-old third-year anesthesiology resident on duty every other day on 24-hour shifts.

Issa Guerrero is also a third-year anesthesiology resident leading a four-person airway team that takes care of intubations- a crucial procedure for containing the respiratory disease.

John Jefferson Besa is a 27-year-old internal medicine resident who shared his first experience of a COVID-19 death.

“One of the biggest things the pandemic removes is the privilege to allow the family to see the patient in their last moments. It strips off that part of humanity that’s very essential,” Besa shared with The Washington Post.

The Washington Post article notes how the Philippines’ doctors, have succumbed to the disease, making up 10% of the total COVID-19 deaths in the country.

The reputation of our amazing Filipino health workers as very caring health care providers and their hard work has also been recently recognized and praised by Piers Morgan during the Good Morning Britain show.

“The Saudi Pinoy” vlogger Ahmed Alruwaili’s dedicated two videos to pay tribute to overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) and Pinoy nurses in the frontlines of the global health crisis.

Prayers, homemade greeting cards, and donations are also continuously pouring to help our frontliners in the fight, to strengthen their faith, and to remind them that we are all in this together.

SEND CHEERS in the comments below to The Washington Post for documenting the experience of the Philippines’ young health workers at the UP PGH battling COVID-19.

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