Here's One Way to Show Your Support for Local Health Workers

Every little bit counts.

(SPOT.ph) As the whole world tries to survive the COVID-19 pandemic, doctors, nurses, first responders, and medical staff remain in the front lines risking their lives. It's easy to feel helpless, but sometimes the small things can help in a big way: An image that has gone viral on social media asks Filipinos to "take a moment and stop whatever you are doing to show support for our heroes" today, March 16, at 5 p.m.

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You can go to your balcony, window, and rooftop and clap as loud as you can for two minutes to show your appreciation for our health professionals, the frontliners in this pandemic. "Let them hear us support them in this time of need," the campaign with hashtag #frontlinersPH said.

A similar gesture of thanks was witnessed in Italy’s capital on March 14 as residents went out on their balconies and leaned out from open windows at noon to clap for several minutes. Europe is now the "epicenter" of the pandemic, according to the World Health Organization.

Aside from this, you can also help out our frontliners through donation drives. The 2020 budget for the Department of Health was slashed by about P10 billion.

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The Office of the Vice President, in partnership with non-partisan and non-government organization Kaya Natin! Movement for Good Governance and Ethical Leadership, is raising funds for health workers fighting COVID-19. The monetary donations will provide sets of Personal Protective Equipment (N95 mask, gown, gloves, head covers, shoe covers, and googles) and food and care package to hospitals. You can donate through Ticket2Me, which waived its service fees for this campaign that runs until April 14.

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The Philippine General Hospital is in need of 70% ethyl alcohol, surgical masks, N95 masks, face shields, and surgical gowns. For donations, look for Dr. Mia Tabuñar at 8554-8400 local 2004.

The University of the Philippines Medicine Student Council and University of the Philippines (UP) College of Medicine are calling for donations of N95 masks and alcohol for interns on duty at the Philippine General Hospital.

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The UP Medical Foundation is also seeking funding to mass produce the coronavirus testing kit developed at the UP - National Institutes of Health. Donations of surgical masks, N95 masks, surgical gloves, disposable lab gowns, shoe covers, and infrared non-contact thermometers are also welcome.

Main photo by skeeze from Pixabay

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