DOH needs 25,000 health work­ers

Manila Bulletin - - Front Page - By CHARINA CLARISSE L. ECHALUCE

Fol­low­ing the rec­om­men­da­tion of the World Health Or­ga­ni­za­tion (WHO), the Depart­ment of Health (DOH) is hir­ing 25,000 health work­ers — mostly nurses to ad­dress the health­care needs of the public. And they have un­til De­cem­ber to ap­ply.

This was re­vealed by Health

Sec­re­tary Paulyn Jean Ubial dur­ing the Manila Bul­letin Hot Seat, a roundtable dis­cus­sion with Manila Bul­letin ed­i­tors Fri­day.

“In our 2018 pro­posal, we in­cluded around 19 bil­lion in the bud­get, hir­ing around 25,000 new health providers…. Be­cause the rec­om­men­da­tion of WHO, you have to have a team at the pri­mary level to ad­dress the health­care needs of the public. And you need around 24 var­ied health­care providers for ev­ery 10,000 pop­u­la­tion. Cur­rently, we only have 14,000 for ev­ery 10,000 pop­u­la­tion at the front­line,” Ubial dis­closed.

“We’re hir­ing var­ied pro­fes­sion­als, doc­tors, nurses, mid­wives, den­tists, phar­ma­cists, med-techs, iba-iba ho. But the ma­jor­ity are nurses. Around 22,000 are al­lo­cated. Cur­rently we have 15,000 nurse de­ploy­ment pro­gram ap­pli­cants and hires but in 2018, that will in­crease to 22,000. About 7,000 in­crease,” she added.

The agency also in­creased the slots for doc­tors.

“For doc­tors, we are cur­rently hir­ing around 300, and we will in­crease that to around 500 by 2018,” she said.

Those who are in­ter­ested can go to the near­est re­gional of­fice of the DOH and ap­ply for their de­sired po­si­tion.

“They can ap­ply in our re­gional of­fices across the coun­try. The hir­ing pe­riod is now up to De­cem­ber. The de­ploy­ment is Jan­uary to De­cem­ber next year,” the DOH chief fur­ther stated.

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