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2,300 Pinay nurses stay behind in Libyan hospitals amid attacks By Michaela P. del Callar 03/21/2011

Monday, March 21, 2011

2,300 Pinay nurses stay behind in Libyan hospitals amid attacks

By Michaela P. del Callar 03/21/2011

At least 2,300 Filipino nurses have refused to be evacuated even after the United Nations approved military strikes against Libya.

Acting Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario said the nurses, 2,000 of whom are based in capital Tripoli and 383 in the rebel stronghold of Benghazi, opted to stay following request from the Libyan government, which promised to increase their pay significantly if they remain.

“We have not received any request to come and provide transport so they can leave Tripoli,” Del Rosario said. “They feel safe being in a hospital and there’s nothing safer than being in a hospital.”

But if the situation worsens, he said the government can arrange another ship to pick them up. The government has ended its evacuation in Libya and has moved to safety some 13,000 Filipinos..... MORE

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