Attacked & underpaid: Medics in Philippines battle stigma, virus

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Healthcare workers in the Philippines also suffer from low wages forcing many to work abroad [File: Rolex dela Pena/EPA]

Manila, Philippines – Joaquin Sapul, Jr started getting the frantic calls a few hours after the health department announced the first coronavirus case in Iloilo City in the central Philippines on March 21.

In response, The Medical City-Iloilo, the hospital where Sapul works and where the unnamed patient was confined, issued a statement to assure the public that stringent measures were in place to ensure the safety of the patient and their staff.

“At least six nurses were messaging and calling me, crying. Their landlords were evicting them. Some were being prevented from leaving their homes by their village captains,” said Sapul, a nurse and chief patient services officer at the hospital.


It was evening by the time Sapul had finished arranging temporary sleeping arrangements for the displaced

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