“We did not personally meet or know Dr. Macasaet. His hospital described him as “one of the best anesthesiologists in our country.” Dr. Macasaet’s example showed us the best of humanity during these worst times,” said National Union of Students of the Philippines NCR chapter in a statement.
The National Union of Students of the Philippines NCR salutes and pays tribute to Dr. Greg Macasaet, a frontliner…
Dr. Greg Macasaet, a frontliner anesthesiologist, was announced to have passed on March 22 due to COVID-19. His letter and last text messages went viral online.
Macasaet is reported as the third frontliner to die in the line of duty. Apart from Macasaet, cardiologist Israel Bactol from the Philippine Heart Center and oncologist Rose Pulido of the San Juan de Dios Hospital succumbed to COVID-19.
The group said they hope that no other frontliner would need to sacrifice their lives as they continue to put themselves at risk.
“For that to happen, we urge the national government to do mass testing – to ‘detect, test, treat, isolate and trace contacts’ that the World Health Organization advised countries to do – than let health workers and hospitals scramble assessing and treating patients with no end in sight. Mass testing could provide insights to base government actions and decisions on how to faster curb the spread the disease. Due to chronic neglect of the health system, the government is stubbornly sticking with a lockdown with no mass testing, hunger for the poor and disaster for the economy, if only to save their face or skin,” said the group.
The group asked the government to heed the calls “mass testing, hindi lockdown” and “solusyong medikal, hindi militar” as this is “a time to save lives.”
NUSP NCR has been campaigning for the suspension of online classes following the total lockdown in Luzon that saw students without own internet connection or laptops unable to adapt to the sudden shift to online classes. Some schools have suspended their online classes following the call, while some have adapted flexible learning systems.
The group continues to receive reports and concerns from students who are requesting their schools to suspend online classes so they can help lobby with school administrations the solutions that are best for the health and security of students during these times.
The National Union of Students of the Philippines welcomes the consideration of different school administrations of…