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    Amid lack of PPEs, staff at hospital in Los Baños improvise with plastic bags

    MANILA, Philippines – Amid lack of personal protective equipment (PPEs), health workers at a hospital in Los Baños, Laguna were forced to improvise using plastic bags, including black garbage bags. Their heartbreaking photos went viral after someone posted about their situation on her Facebook page.
    Amid lack of PPEs, staff at hospital in Los Baños improvise with plastic bags

    Tes Depano is a health worker at St Jude Hospital Los Baños. She recently posted an appeal for help amid the shortage of PPEs at their hospital.

    “We are calling the attention of DOH or kung sino mang ahensya na maaaring makapag-supply sa amin ng Personal Protective Equipments. Naubos na po kasi ang PPE namin sa aming hospital at wala na kaming mabilihan. Kaya nag improvise na lang kami para kahit papaano mapanatiling ligtas ang aming mga staff. Salamat sa lakas ng loob at dedikasyon ng aming mga staff para makatulong sa mga pasyente,” Depano wrote.

    In the photos shared by Depano, the medical workers looked rather comical but so pitiful in their improvised PPEs, with black trash bags to protect their torso and legs, covering their orange plastic suits. Yellow sando bags cover their hands, feet, and head, making them look like they are off to Halloween in a crazy duck costume gone wrong.

    Amid lack of PPEs, staff at hospital in Los Baños improvise with plastic bags

    Most netizens took pity on their situation; though some couldn’t help but laugh at their ‘costumes’.

    “Naiiyak and natatawa ako kita mo naman kahit anong problema may solusyon ang Pinoy… kung di lang kami lockdown pinuntahan ko na tong mga to eh! 😣” one netizen commented.

    Amid lack of PPEs, staff at hospital in Los Baños improvise with plastic bags

    Amid lack of PPEs, staff at hospital in Los Baños improvise with plastic bags

    Others lamented how there are cities that provide medical grade PPEs to workers disinfecting the streets but frontliners at some hospitals such as the one in Los Baños are left with no choice but to make their own from trash bags.

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    “Buti pa yung nagsasanitize/nagdidisinfect sa kalsada kasama ni mayor naka medical grade PPE. Yung humaharap sa Covid+ na pasyente nakabalot sa trashbag… 😑” a netizen wrote.

    Everyone agrees that these health workers should be hailed heroes and that they deserve better equipment than trash bags to protect from the virus.

    (Image credits: Tes Depano / Facebook)

    — Joy Adalia, The Summit Express

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