Filipino nurse in Kansas City succumbs to COVID-19

Published April 28, 2020, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Noreen Jazul

A Filipino nurse in Kansas City, Missouri has died due to coronavirus disease (COVID-19) just a week before her supposed retirement.

The National Nurses United said Celia Yap Banago who died on April 21, was supposed to retire after being in the medical field for 40 years.

The NNU said Banago was among those who sounded the alarm over the inadequate supply of personal protective equipment for the medical staff of HCA’s (Hospital Corporation of America) Research Medical Center (RMC).

“NNU grieves the loss of union nurse Celia Yap Banago, one of many RNs who expressed concern over inadequate #COVID19 preparation at her facility. To make the tragedy worse, Celia, who died Tuesday night, was scheduled to retire next week after 40 years of service,” the group said in a tweet.

Bonnie Castillo, executive director of NNU, called for the protection of nurses.

“We honor the life of Celia Yap Banago who gave so much for her patients. No nurse should have to put their life at risk for the failure of hospitals and elected leaders to provide the protection they need to safely care for patients,” Castillo tweeted.

Last April 23, the NNU held a vigil in memory of Banago.

Charlene Carter, Banago’s fellow nurse at the RMC, was among the many who honored the Filipina nurse during the vigil.

“Celia was an amazing nurse who dedicated her service for countless years at research and a dear friend to all of us,” Carter said.

“I feel that I can speak for many nurses when I say that the loss of one of our dear fallen soldiers on the front line of this pandemic is more than devastating. It is a wake-up call,” she added.