Health care workers have been hailed as frontline heroes in the battle against Covid-19 since the pandemic was declared last March. Doctors, nurses, and other health professionals have worked round the clock, putting their own lives on the line for the sake of public health.
It is a matter of great regret, then, that we have not been fairly compensating our nurses who arguably put in the most hours towards patient care, and were most directly exposed to health risks.
A recent report by the Dhaka Tribune on the state of nurses in the country detailed how nurses were constantly deprioritized compared to doctors and other health care workers -- in issues ranging from receiving crucial PPE to getting subsequent quarantine facilities when exposed to the virus. This is a case of negligence and disorganization on part of the authorities concerned.
Additionally, it was also reported that many nurses -- particularly those in the private sector and outside the capital -- have struggled to even receive proper salaries.
As a country that has over 100,000 nurses already and sees several thousand joining the workforce each year, it is imperative that the relevant authorities immediately look into matters of fair compensation and proper health security for these workers.
It does little good to praise our nurses, if actions and compensation do not reflect our appreciation.