- A Filipina nurse named Celia Yap-Banago died last April 21 after contracting COVID-19 from a patient she was treating
- She passed away just a week before her planned retirement
- Celia was supposed to celebrate 40 years of service for Kansas City patients at a hospital
- She was also part of a group of nurses who had expressed concerns about the lack of pandemic preparedness in hospitals
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A week before her planned retirement, a Filipina nurse who tested positive for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) passed away.
The nurse named Celia Yap-Banago died last April 21 and was set to retire after caring for her last patient at the Research Medical Center (RMC) in Kansas City, Missouri.
Celia was reportedly treating a COVID-19 patient in RMC when she contracted the virus.
“Celia Yap Banago, RN (registered nurse) died from #COVID19 after caring for an infected patient just days before retirement,” the National Nurses United (NNU) tweeted.
The group said that Celia was supposed to celebrate her 40 years of service at the said hospital.
According to a report by 41 Action News in America, Celia left the Philippines for the US in 1970 to work as a nurse.
Celia has left behind two sons and her husband. Family members say they miss her, adore her, love her. They say the world lost a good one but heaven gained one, according to the report.
Now, NNU and some of her coworkers are hoping her death raises awareness about the lack of personal protective equipment (PPE) in hospitals.
According to the group, Celia was part of a group of registered nurses who had expressed concerns about RMC's lack of pandemic preparedness.
In a previous report by KAMI, A head nurse from the Philippine General Hospital (PGH) was found unconscious inside her room after working for seven straight days.
The coronavirus outbreak started out in Wuhan, Hubei Province of China. Scientists believed that the virus came from an animal at one of Wuhan's wet markets. At present, the Philippines is under a state of calamity while the entire Luzon is under an enhanced community quarantine.
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