DOH to hire 11,000 health workers this month

November 10, 2011 10:48 pm 

CEBU CITY, Nov. 10 – The Philippine Government has a program aimed at employing more than 11,000 people this month as a means to support those seeking employment overseas, a Department of Health (DOH) official said.

Dr. Nemesio Gako, DOH assistant secretary, made the announcement during the sixth Asia-Pacific Action Alliance on Human Resource for Health (AAAH) annual conference which started Wednesday at the Marco Polo Hotel in Cebu City and ends on Friday.

Gako said nurses who want to work abroad could work for the Registered Nurses for Health Enhancement and Local Services program to gain work experience.

The nurses’ one-year stay with the program is considered as work experience, a requirement for employment abroad.

He said the health department has so far hired 10,000 for one year.

The second batch, which will be deployed this month, will include 11,500 nurses and 1,000 midwives.

The nurses will be deployed for one year to communities identified with families enrolled under the conditional cash transfer program of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

Gako said the nurses would have a stipend of P8,000 per month for one year with free health insurance.

Gako’s announcement came amid reports of shortage of health workers and unbalanced distribution of skilled workers in the Asia-Pacific region.

Dr. Fely Marilyn Lorenzo of the University of the Philippines (UP) in Manila said that at the AAAAH conference many Asia-Pacific countries reported that they suffer from severe shortages, inadequate distribution, or unbalanced mix of skills of health workers that hamper the delivery of health services.

”This also makes it difficult for countries to attain their health millennium development goals,” she added.

It was also reported at the AAAH conference that only Thailand has achieved universal health coverage.

Vietnam and Indonesia have set 2014 as target for achieving universal health coverage, while Cambodia, Sri Lanka and the Philippines are eyeing 2016 to reach the goal.

In a press conference, Dr. Akiko Maeda of the Global Health Workforce said there is a global crisis of health workers.

Maeda said the group prefers hiring “dedicated and motivated workers” than merely filling out job vacancies.

The Philippines, which is the third in the Asia-Pacific region in terms of number of nurses employed overseas, could take the challenge on the lack of health workers.

AAAH founder Dr. Suwit Wilbulpolprasert compared the oversupply of nurses in the Philippines to a patient with a diabetic condition.

”There are lots of sugar in your blood, but the body cannot use all the sugar in the system,” he said.

”You produce a huge amount of nurses but you can’t absorb them,” he said.

Wilbulpolprasert said exporting health workers is not a problem, but the government should be able to use the revenue from these workers.

”The revenue should be used in the health system to deliver basic health services to the people,” he said. (PNA) LAP/FFC/EB/re


3 Responses to “DOH to hire 11,000 health workers this month”

  1. Patty on November 12th, 2011 1:48 am

    Where should we apply? And what are the requirements for this. Thanks

  2. beder on November 12th, 2011 9:08 am

    are there any vacancy at central luzon?

  3. Mike on November 12th, 2011 6:20 pm

    a friend told me that we should check the Local Health Office of our respective places if they would be hiring. She had already passed her resume last friday.