Wanted: Gov’t health work­ers

Tempo - - News - (Cha­rina Clarisse L. Echaluce)

Fol­low­ing the rec­om­men­da­tion of the World Health Or­ga­ni­za­tion (WHO), the Depart­ment of Health (DoH) is set to hire about 25,000 health work­ers.

In an in­ter­view, Health Sec­re­tary Paulyn Jean Ubial said they are cur­rently in need of nurses, doc­tors, and mid­wives, among oth­ers.

“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 dur­ing the “MB Hot Seat” held at the Manila Bulletin.

Among the work­ers be­ing tar­geted by the DoH are doc­tors, nurses, mid­wives, den­tists, phar­ma­cists and med-techs, to name a few.

“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,” added Ubial.

Those who are in­ter­ested may go to the near­est re­gional of­fices of the DoH and ap­ply for their de­sired po­si­tion.

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