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More nurses, doctors from Visayas are heading to NCR to fight coronavirus

 As the COVID-19 cases continues to rise every single day, Visayas-based doctors and nurses answered the call to help the government's coronavirus response in the National Capital Region (NCR).

A total of 66 medical front-liners from Regions 7 and 8 are heading to Metro Manila, Wednesday, April 7, 2021.

The Office of the Presidential Assistant for the Visayas (OPAV) sent the volunteers composed of 11 doctors, 35 nurses and four medical technologists. DOH Region 8 also sent 15 nurses and one doctor.

Secretary Michael Lloyd Dino lauded those volunteers but reminded them not to "expect it's going to be a bed of roses. It is going to be a war. It's going to be a difficult three months," he said.

The nurses will be distributed at the National Kidney and Transplant Institute, Lung Center of the Philippines, San Lazaro Hospital, Tondo Medical Center and Rizal Medical Center.

“Thank you for coming forward in this difficult time when our country and our people need you. I understand that your contracts are for three months, that’s a considerable amount of time to be away from your families, to be away from home. But I tell you, more than the monetary benefits that you will get from this cause, is that feeling of fulfillment, pride and happiness that in the time of a national health emergency, you were there front and center serving your fellow Filipinos. This will be your story to the future generation,” Dino told the front-liners during the send-off ceremony at the Montebello Villa Hotel.

Apart from their monthly salary, medical workers from Cebu will receive monthly cash incentives each from OPAV, Cebu Provincial government, and the Cebu City government.

Five thousand will come from OPAV and the Project Balik Buhay (PBB); P5000 from Cebu Province, including vitamins and air purifier; and P10,000 will come from Cebu City.

The greater Metro Manila also known as NCR+ was reverted back to strictest Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) as the virus infections continue to spike.

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