TACLOBAN CITY-At least 11 nurses from the region  were deployed to the National Capital Region (NCR) to help it address it’s ballooning COVID-19 cases.
The 11 nurses, all assigned at various rural health units from the different provinces of the region, will be assigned at the Philippine Heart Center.
Last April 7, 16 medical workers from the region were deployed at the Lung Center of the Philippines as part of the call of the national government to augment health workers to hospitals In NCR which are grappling with high COVID patients.
Dr. Exuperia Sabalberino, regional director of the Department of Health(DOH), who lead in the sendoff at the Daniel Romualdez Airport on Wednesday (April 21) morning, extolled them for their decision to heed the call.
“We thank you for your selfless offering of yourself for the people of NCR,”she said.
“It is better to help than to be of help. If it’s the other way around, we cannot afford it (due to our limited resources),”Sabalberino said, referring to the high cases of coronavirus disease in NCR, beginning on April 21.
She added that they hope that the COVID cases in NCR will go down so these medical workers could return to the region early.
These medical workers are to stay in NCR for two months.
Ryan Paul Rostata,27 and a nurse from Cabucgayan town In Biliran province said that he feels “fear and excited” at the same time.
“Fears because of the challenges that awaits us but at the same time, excited because we will of help to the people in NCR, especially those with COViD&19,”he said.
According to him, he has informed his parents on his temporarily deployment in NCR and they gave their approval to him.
Meantime, the DOH announced on Friday (April 23) of 50 new COVID-19 cases in the region, pushing its total cases to 17,540.
The region has also posted three deaths due to COVID-19 complications.
At present, the region’s active COVID-19 cases stand at 495 with 16,779 recovered cases.