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Ubial: DOH needs 25,000 health workers by 2018

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To address the increasing needs for health services and as per recommendation of the World Health Organization (WHO), the Department of Health (DOH) will hire more health workers for 2018.  According to Health Secretary Paulyn Jean Ubial, about 25,000 health workers including nurses, doctors, midwives, medical technologists, dentists, etc.

“In our 2018 proposal, we included around P 9 billion in the budget, hiring around 25,000 new health providers… 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 for every 10,000 population at the frontline”, said Ubial during an interview by Manila Bulletin.

“We are hiring varied professionals, doctors, nurses, midwies, dentists, pharmacists, med-techs, iba-iba ho.  Around 22,000 are allocated.  Currently we have 15,000 nurse deployment program (NDP) applicants and hires but in 2018 that will increase to 22,000,” added Ubial.

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Aside from its NDP, the DOH also is increasing vacancies for doctors under its Doctors to the Barrios (DTTB) programs.

“For doctors, we are currently hiring around 300 and we will increase that to 500 by 2018”.

Interested applicants may go to any regional office for inquiries and submission of applications.  The hiring starts now up to December 2017 and deployment will be January to December 2018.

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