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Nurse in Makati face discrimination over coronavirus

 While the world acknowledged the heroism brought to us by our frontline workers during pandemic, this nurse in Makati says she experienced discrimination from her landlady.

The nurse was found sitting on the sidewalk near corner J.P. Rizal St. and South Avenue on August 5 after she left her boarding house. In an interview on ABS-CBN Teleradyo, "Gen" said she told her landlady on August 2 that she had COVID-19 based on the swab tests result done at work. Then she was told by her landlady to leave the house before her roommates will come home.

According to Gem she wanted to go to her home town in Batangas, but there was no transportation because of the lockdown. Her family has nothing to do to pick her up due to her condition.

Screenshot from: ABS-CBN News / YouTube

She decided to checked into a hotel in Pasay after she failed to find a place to stay. Later, she went back to Brgy. Olympia where she rented a house to seek help from the health center.

"Sinabi ko po na positive ako sa COVID pero and sabi po sa akin eh, "sinasabi ko sayo, hindi ka matutulungan dito." she said.  

Her friend help her by informing the red cross, through Dr. Zenaida Beltejar they went to the area and saw Gem seated on the sidewalk.

"Naiyak talaga ako dahil nurse na COVID positive, ganon yung treatment natin," Dr. Beltejar said.

Meanwhile, Makati City government would investigate the case of the nurse. Mayor abby Binay ordered an immediate investigation into this incident. Makati wishes to remind everyone that there is an existing ordinance that prohibits and penalizes all forms of discrimination against persons with infectious disease.

Violators would face P5000 fine on the first and second offenses, with an additional one-year jail time  for succeeding offenses.

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