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Philippines lacks 106,000 nurses – DOH

Bonz Magsambol
Philippines lacks 106,000 nurses – DOH

VERGEIRE BRIEFS SENATORS ON HEALTH SITUATION: Dr. Maria Rosario Vergeire, officer-in-charge of the Department of Health, briefs senators on the country’s health situation during Monday’s meeting of the Committee on Health and Demography August 15, 2022. Senate PRIB Photos

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Department of Health officer-in-charge Maria Rosario Vergeire says the migration of healthcare workers is among the reasons for the shortage of nurses in the country

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Health (DOH) said on Thursday, September 29, that the country needs 106,000 nurses both in public and private facilities and hospitals.

“We have a shortage or a gap of around 106,000 para mapunuan natin ‘yung mga facilities natin (so we could fill in the facilities) all over the country, both public and private,” DOH officer-in-charge Maria Rosario Vergeire said in a press briefing.

The health official urged Filipino health workers to apply for the positions and coordinate with the DOH’s Human Resources Bureau to process their documents.

“Nananawagan po tayo sa ating mga kababayan na our nurses here in the country, midwives in the country, our dentists, and other healthcare professionals, meron tayong vacant na plantilla positions para ma-hire namin kayo,” Vergeire said.

(We’re calling on our nurses here in the country, midwives, dentists, and other healthcare professionals, we have vacant plantilla positions, we can hire you.)

Vergeire said that one of the reasons why the country lacks health workers is migration. She said the DOH wanted to maintain the 7,500 yearly deployment cap.

“Isa po ito sa mga dahilan kung bakit nagkukulang ang mga healthcare workers dito sa ating bansa, specifically doon sa ating mga facilities (This is one of the reasons why we lack healthcare workers here in the country, specifically in government facilities). This is because of the migration of our healthcare workers,” she said.

At the height of the pandemic in 2021, various hospitals had been hit by resignations, aggravating a shortage of manpower and exposing once more the plight of health workers in the Philippines.

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Bonz Magsambol

Bonz Magsambol is a multimedia reporter for Rappler, covering health, education, and social welfare. He first joined Rappler as a social media producer in 2016.