Sunday, 20 November 2011 17:03
MANILA, Nov. 18 (PNA) -- The Department of Health (DOH) has announced the on-going recruitment and deployment of 11,500 nurses and 1,000 midwives to improve the delivery of health services to the people, especially the poor.
Health Secretary Enrique T. Ona said that deployment of nurses and midwives is part of the department's commitment to address inequities in access to health services which particularly affects the poor.
The 11,500 nurses will augment the inadequate nursing workforce in DOH hospitals and local government unit (LGU) health facilities to improve patient care and health services.
The 1,000 midwives will be sent to far flung communities where maternal and child morbidity and mortality rates are high.
"We recognize the importance of the availability of competent health workers in our hospitals and communities in improving the quality of health services for our countrymen," Ona said.
Priorities will be given to nurses and midwives residing near the government hospitals or health facilities, especially nurses and midwife volunteers, trainees or those have volunteer experienced to the recipient hospitals.
Applicants may submit their resumes directly to the DOH hospitals and DOH Centers for Health Development in their areas.
During their deployment, nurses will receive a monthly allowance of P8,000 while midwives will receive P6,000, as well as provided with PhilHealth Insurance, GSIS Group Accident Insurance.
The DOH hospitals will provide meals for nurses assigned during their tour of duty.
Nurses and midwives who will be assigned in the rural health units will receive additional assistance in the form of lodging and meals from the LGUs.
After one-year of deployment and evaluated, those who will successfully complete the program will be given Certificates of Completion and will be considered priority employment in government health facilities should vacancies exist.
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