QUEZON CITY, Philippines (Eagle News) — The Department of Health is now finding out the risk of offering additional security escorts and added compensation for those that would volunteer for the authorities’s “Doctors to the Barrios” program following the killing of one other volunteer physician in Cotabato City.
Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial stated that the killing of Doctor Sajid “Jaja” Sinolinding and his security escort made them rethink that there ought to be additional security that ought to be supplied by the Philippine National Police to the volunteer docs in essential areas.
“Yan po ay pinag-aaralan pa natin kasama ng pag-aaral din sa mga benepisyo ng mga doktor na nagtatrabaho sa mga conflict-affected areas katulad ng Cotabato City at ibang parte ng Mindanao na medyo mataas ang price ng mga ganitong insidente. Pinag-aaralan din po natin na sa tulong ng PNP at mga ahensya ng gobyerno kung paano ma-ensure ang security hindi lamang ng mga doktor kundi ng buong komunidad,” Ubial stated.
According to studies, Dr. Sajid “Jaja” Sinolinding and his security escort, Mohamed Esmael have been gunned down by unknown males inside a clinic in Cotabato City at round 11:10 AM on Tuesday, April 18.
An identical killing came about in Lanao Del Norte final month.