Webinar #43 | “Dagdag Stress sa COVID-19: May Dagdag Suweldo ba ang Frontliners?”
The University of the Philippines
in partnership with UP Manila NIH National Telehealth Center
and in cooperation with UP Philippine General Hospital
would like to invite you to join the Fight Against COVID-19!
Webinar #43 “Dagdag Stress sa COVID-19: May Dagdag Suweldo ba ang Frontliners?”
March 5, 2021 (Friday) 12nn
Dr. Ernesto Pernia
Professor Emeritus, University of the Philippines
Former Secretary, National Economic and Development Authority
Dr. Carlo Panelo
Professor, Dept. of Clinical Epidemiology
UP College of Medicine
Dr. Rafael Marfori
Assistant Program Leader
Philippine Primary Care Studies
Dr. Carlos Naval
Dr. Lisa Bersales
VP for Finance
University of the Philippines System
Dr. Carmencita D. Padilla
University of the Philippines Manila
Webinar #43 “Dagdag Stress sa COVID-19: May Dagdag Suweldo ba ang mga Frontliners?”
Eleven months into the pandemic and frontliners are suffering from stress, fatigue and burn-out from working long hours under challenging conditions. Filipino health workers in other parts of the world have been hailed for their heroism and perseverance where others have given up. Both within and outside of the country we have seen severe illness and death of frontline Filipino workers. And yet, compensation packages for health workers have remained the same.
The COVID-19 pandemic magnified the unacceptably low level of investments in the public health system. When this pandemic started, we didn’t have testing labs, bedspace or even PPE’s for an infectious disease outbreak of this magnitude. At the heart of the crisis is a shortage of health human resources, and the embarrassingly and relatively low wages given to frontline workers compared to neighboring countries in the ASEAN and the rest of the world.
The introduction of vaccines against COVID-19 provides a glimmer of hope and a promise of a better level of protection for our health workers. But beyond this, it is an opportune time to revisit the urgent and strategic requirements to maintain a healthy and well-compensated health workforce not just for this pandemic but for future outbreaks. In this webinar we will talk about compensation packages for health care workers not just for the pandemic but for current and future needs to achieve universal health coverage.
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