Don’t barter our nurses for vaccines, says Masbate Board Member Jason Arevalo
Masbate Board Member Jason Arevalo is definitely not pleased with reports saying that Philippine officials were willing to deploy more health care workers abroad in exchange for COVID 19 vaccines.
Arevalo shared his sentiments about the issue in a Facebook post, where he said nurses are beyond the commerce of men and should not be used for barter.
It was a good thing that the British government rejected the idea and said it was not linking the deployment of health workers with vaccine donation, he said.
He said institutionalized slavery has long been rejected by civilized societies.
Trading nurses for vaccines would just make human lives cheaper, he added.
In this time of a pandemic, health care workers are heroes.
And heroes deserve better!
“Our nurses are beyond the commerce of men. They cannot be the proper subject of a barter. Good enough the UK Government rejects attempts to commodify our health workers in exchange for vaccines.
Institutionalized slavery is long rejected by civilized societies. This government is not advancing in this area. Worse, it is trying to circumvent and reinvent the concept in the name of national health interest. Foreign diplomacy is so rude and insensitive in these times. When governments trade their nurses for vaccines, human lives get cheaper, too.
In the war against Covid, nurses are our heroes. They are not objects. Needless, inanimate things can never be heroes,” Arevalo posted.