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PNP deploys 22 nurses to SPMC

October 01, 2020 - Thursday 8:10 PM by Pia Xi

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DAVAO CITY (PIA) -- A total of 22 nurses were deployed at the Southern Philippines Medical Center to assist in the effort to fight the COVID-19 infection.

Police Brigadier General Filmore Escobal, director of the Police Regional Office XI led the simple rites Thursday and disclosed that the 22 nurses will be the command’s contribution to the campaign against COVID-19 pandemic.

“The presence of the police nurses is a big help in the war against COVID-19,” he said. The PRO XI had deployed initially 27 police nurses to assist the Department of Health when it experienced the surge of patients in March.

They were deployed in different quarantine treatment facilities in the region and Davao City.

Escobal said the deployment of 22 nurses is the PRO XI’s contribution to combat the pandemic. 

“The SPMC management reached out to us for assistance and the Philippine National Police is always willing to commit ourselves in times of crisis, because it is our mandate to serve and protect the people,” he said.

Escobal said to combat the pandemic is another domain of warfare where the police is committed to respond as a way of serving the people.

He pointed out that the 22 police nurses will work at the epicenter of the pandemic in Davao Region, at the SPMC.

Dr. Ricardo Jaudan, chief of the SPMC welcomed the PNP nurses.   He said the presence of police nurses is a big help in the war against the COVID-19. 

Jaudan admitted that the SPMC has allotted 30 physician positions but there are no takers.

He said the hospital is under staffed where they converted the net pay of doctors to nurses and from nurses to attendants to entice medical professionals to join them. 

He expressed his sincere gratitude to the PRO XI leadership for the deployment of the police nurses.  Dalumpines, Joey Sem