By Marjaleen Ramos
Doctors and nurses in the country will be given additional financial assistance by the government, the Philippine Medical Association (PMA) assured Tuesday.
PMA Vice President Dr. Benito Atienza, in an interview on ANC Headstart, also said that their organization will be giving P50,000 each to families of members who died of COVID-19 while in the performance of their duties.
Atienza confirmed that the 12 Filipino doctors who died due to COVID-19 were all members of the PMA.
There are so far 48,000 active members in the PMA, he added.
Atienza also said that they are giving P25,000 assistance to medical professionals admitted to hospitals also because of the virus infection.
“Exposure to COVID-19 is a life-threatening exposure. We want to propose a higher salary for frontline doctors and medical professionals,” Atienza said.
The PMA has earlier said that the Department of Health’s offer to compensate volunteer workers P500 per day is unfair.
On Sunday, the health department apologized for the allowance and explained that it was based on the rate that they have provided to volunteers during the previous outbreaks. The DOH also said it hopes to increase the allowance as soon as funds are available.