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Kailangan ng backup! UERRMC’s aging consultants to serve as COVID-19 frontliners amid shortage of doctors

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The University of the East Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Center College of Medicine (UERRMC) is preparing the senior citizen consultants in its faculty to serve at the frontlines of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) crisis as younger doctors fall to the virus one by one.

UERRMC dean Dr. Norbert Lingling Uy said the senior citizen consultants will be the “second line of defense” as residents and fellows who are serving at the frontlines may soon be exhausted or fall ill.

“So this is how men and women are sent to war. The draft comes in terse prose. What adds to the pain is that the enemy to be vanquished allows no hugs or tearful goodbyes, and for those already in the frontlines without retreat only words of hope exchange behind phone screens and sealed windows,” Uy said.

He said UERMMC is now preparing its interns and medical students for what they may have to face, quickly.

“All of them are heroes, but when this is over, a few of them, gaving given their last full measure of devotion to humanity, will not be there to hear our thanks—not the peal of wedding bells or their child’s first cry, or the sob of a daughter being walked to the altar. And we the living will say—never was so much owed by so many to so few,” Uy said.

He urged everyone to stay at home to prevent the spread of the disease and observe proper hygiene and social distancing.

“To those who are not sworn to fight in the frontlines, please stay home so you can save the lives of those who are,” Uy said.

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