A recent study from the National Nurses United revealed an alarming divergence from deaths from COVID-19 showing that one-third of the nurses who died from COVID-19 were Filipinos even though Filipino nurses make up only 4% of the nation’s nursing population. With so many Filipino nurses contracting COVID, Island Pacific shows its gratitude by serving Filipino food to our medical frontliners who risked their lives to save so many people.
One of the biggest challenges facing frontliners according to the Filipino American ICU nurse, Bonifacio “Bones” Deoso Jr., is being thrown into the role of the sole link between families and their loved ones, when the only thing on their mind is fear dying and dying alone. “It is emotionally exhausting to do your best to convince both parties (who can’t be allowed to spend time together) that everything you have is done to try and achieve the best possible outcome for your patient, whether it’s survival or, worse. , die in the most comfortable and painless way. ”Many frontliners spent more time with their patients than their own families during these nine months. “Not to minimize the severity of the situation, but we solve it by taking care of each other by creating a home atmosphere at work whenever we can. Food is the center of our limited meetings during breaks from patient care. While eating, we catch up on the outside. work (which is not much), voicing grievances to one another, releasing the pressure of tremendous stress in this seemingly unwinnable fight against COVID. ”
Deoso also shared messages with wholesale workers on the Pacific Island. “All of you are no less important than any of us in this fight. The fact that you are out there providing us with the essentials of everyday life puts you at the same risk that we healthcare workers face the same risks. Just remember to cover up, take care of yourself. distance socially, and remind your clients to do the same – and THANK YOU for your service! “
Since the pandemic began in March last year, the Island Pacific location immediately gave shopping priority to all medical frontliners and seniors during the first hour the store opened. As companies revolve around offering online shopping with same-day delivery and curbside pick-up, social media campaigns celebrating our heroes in the medical field are produced to highlight the great sacrifices our Filipino-American medical frontliners make every day.
[Island Pacific is supermarket chain dedicated to promoting Filipino Food and Seafood to the rest of the world. It is headquartered in Walnut, California and currently has 16 supermarket branches serving communities in California and Las Vegas.]
SOURCE Pacific Island Market
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