Six healthcare professionals offered residence at ŻAK House

Members of the medical staff in protective suits pose for a photo in the COVID-19 intensive care unit at the San Raffaele hospital in Milan, Italy, March 27, 2020. REUTERS/Flavio Lo Scalzo

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

The Maltese Catholic Action (AKM) has opened its doors for six healthcare professionals to use, free of charge. AKM said in a statement that ŻAK House is currently the residence of two radiographers, two physiotherapists, a nurse and a doctor and are being provided with all that they need.

AKM said that a number of these healthcare professionals have spent significant parts of their lives as members of AKM.

The Maltese Catholic Action highlighted how it was not an easy decision for these healthcare workers to leave their families behind as some even had to isolate themselves from their children, without knowing when they would ever get to hug them again.

“They found themselves going through this big change in their life, while at the same time hoping that their families would understand. They had to quickly adapt to a new reality and leave their families at a time when perhaps they needed them the most,” explained The Maltese Catholic Action.

AKM referred to what Pope Francis said on Friday, during the moment of prayer from the Vatican: “For weeks now it has been evening… We find ourselves afraid and lost.” It was also noted how through this difficult time, our country is showing to be altruistic and generous.

On Sunday, reported how owners of accommodation facilities around Malta and Gozo have been invited to send details of their property to be offered to healthcare professionals who opt not to return to their family home after work.

Due to COVID-19 many healthcare professionals, especially those working on the frontline, have temporarily moved out of their family home.