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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Pinoy nurses in Libya torn: Foreign Affairs

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A DEPARTMENT of Foreign Affairs (DFA) official admitted that the undetermined number of Filipino nurses in Libya remains in their hospitals since the emergency situation has prevented them from leaving.

Unlike other Filipinos in the country, these nurses find it difficult to leave their hospitals, DFA Undersecretary Rafael Seguis said in a briefing.

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"Right now, I think it's unkind for them to leave (Libya) when they are most needed there," Seguis said last Monday. "In times of emergency, hindi sila basta makaalis doon. Dapat devoted sila sa health ng patients nila."

At least 11,867 of the estimated 26,000 Filipinos living and working in Libya have already left and are out of harm's way.

Last Sunday, Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's loyalist troops launched their counter-offensives against anti-government protesters, thus fueling more fears of a protracted civil war in Libya.

However, the DFA official said there is a need for Philippine Embassy officials to bring the matter to the concern of hospital administrators in Tripoli.

"Under [those] circumstances, our officials in Tripoli have to talk to hospital administrators and appeal to them to allow them to leave," he said.

Also under the employment contracts of the nurses, Saguis noted that the hospital operators are the ones responsible for their respective repatriations


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