The Department of Health is filling up the slots for much needed healthcare workers in both the private and public sector to help the country battle the COVID19 pandemic.

Of the 10,693 openings for doctors, nurses and other healthcare workers under the emergency hiring program it started in the mid of April 2020, the DOH has hired 8,056 as of September 12 (Saturday) or 75.34%.

“We are still appealing to those with medical training to join in the effort. Let’s save people. Someone’s mom or dad, son or daughter, spouse, or sibling needs critical care,” Health Secretary Francisco T. Duque III said.

The DOH is looking to hire over 2,600 more healthcare workers. Some 43% hired under the program were deployed to public hospitals under the Department of Health, 17% were sent to laboratories or COVID-19 diagnostics facilities, and 15% went to isolation and quarantine facilities or temporary treatment and monitoring facilities

Meanwhile, 979 or 12% were sent to local government units and other hospitals and 554 or 7% were sent to COVID-19 referral facilities.

Nurses account for the biggest chunk of hires by profession, followed by medical technologists. Some 2,701 nurses were hired under the emergency hiring program followed by the 1,356 medical technologists.

The Department of Budget and Management earmarked P1.74 billion for the emergency hiring program that would have translated to an average salary of P163,146 over an average salary for four months mid April to August.

The bulk of the funds or P1.58 billion went to COVID referral hospitals, DOH designated diagnostic facilities and public hospitals under the DOH.

“We would like to express our gratitude to the brave health workers who heeded the call to serve and protect our patients, and we appeal for more medical frontliners to join us in fighting COVID-19. Tayo ding mga kapwa Pilipino ang magtutulungan para labanan at alagaan ang kapwa natin Pilipino sa kinakaharap nating pandemya. Together, let us beat COVID-19! We will heal as one,” remarked Secretary Duque.

With the recent signing of the Bayanihan to Recover as One Act, or Bayanihan II into law, the health system will now be better equipped to combat the pandemic and healthcare workers will not be hindered from fulfilling their passion to heal and save lives.

“The passage of Bayanihan II is a win for every FIlipino, most especially for every healthcare worker who tirelessly caters to all our COVID-19 patients. Aside from the procurement of various health equipment that will ramp up our fight against COVID-19, this law will allow us to better care for our true heroes and ensure that they are protected and provided for,” the Health Chief said.

“We extend our gratitude to the congress for passing the Bayanihan II, and to President Rodrigo Roa Duterte for signing it into law,” he ended.

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