Tributes have been paid following the death of nursing professional Resy Manalo, who “stepped up” during the coronavirus outbreak to care for elderly residents in Birkenhead.
Ms Manalo, 64, was a registered nurse in the Philippines but worked for provider HC-One as a nursing assistant in a care home since she came to the UK in 2006.
“Many of us recall her joyous and affectionate smile and how she would sing with residents during her shifts”
She was working at County Homes Care Home when she fell ill and was admitted to hospital from 26 April where she tested positive for Covid-19
She died on 7 May after being treated in intensive care.
Her daughter told the Liverpool Echo: “My mum was a very caring, very loving and devoted mother to me and my brothers.
“She was always smiling. She loved her grandchildren so dearly and would always talk about them.
“She was such a selfless person who cared for her patients like they were friends and members of her family.”
She also said that her mother had no underlying health conditions and described her as “very healthy” before she was taken to hospital.
A spokesperson for County Homes said they were “deeply saddened” by Ms Manalo’s death.
They said: “She will be fondly remembered for her kindness, humour and dedication to our residents.
“Many of us recall her joyous and affectionate smile and how she would sing with residents during her shifts.
“Her selflessness, courage and compassion were evident in her work, particularly how she stepped up during the coronavirus outbreak.”
The spokesperson added that Ms Manalo would be “hugely missed” and that the organisation was regularly in touch with her family and providing support.
The family has expressed concerns over Ms Manalo’s access to personal protective equipment (PPE).
HC-One said it had increased PPE supplies in the care home when the first residents began to show symptoms of Covid-19 on 9 April.
A fundraising page has been set up to help Ms Manalo’s family pay for funeral costs.
Concerns have been raised by nurse leaders over the disproportionate number of deaths occurring in black and minority ethnic health professionals – approximately 13% of UK deaths for health and care workers have been of Filipino heritage.
A supportive helpline has been set up specifically for Filipino health and care staff who are experiencing bereavement or trauma during the pandemic.
To commemorate the nursing staff who have lost their lives during the pandemic, Nursing Times has created a dedicated memorial page, including a list of names and map that are regularly updated.
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