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Pinay nurse in US died of COVID-19 a week before retirement -group

A week before her retirement, A Filipino nurse in Kansas City, Missouri in US has died due to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), a nurses’ group said on Monday.

“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.

In a press release on Wednesday, NNU said Banago died on April 21 after caring for an infected patient at the Research Medical Center (RMC).

Banago was supposed to celebrate 40 years of service for Kansas City patients at the RMC this week, the group said.

Based on Banago’s Facebook profile, she was from Camalig, Albay who studied at the Aquinas University of Legazpi, which is currently the University of Santo Tomas – Legazpi, and University of Nueva Caceres in Naga.

According to NNU, Banago was one of many registered nurses at the hospital who have expressed concern over inadequate COVID-19 preparation at the RMC.

According to NNU, dozens of nurses have died from COVID-19 while thousands more have been infected across the US, prompting the group to hold a protest outside the White House to call for government’s support.

As of Monday, the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs has recorded 1,395 Filipinos abroad who were infected with COVID-19. Of which, 186 have died. Most of the fatalities are from America, with 106 deaths. --Joviland Rita/KBK, GMA News