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DOH: Over 8,000 health workers admitted to the emergency employment program

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MANILA, Philippines The Department of Health has already hired a total of 8,056 health workers under its emergency employment program to add medical frontliners battling the 2019 coronavirus pandemic.

According to Health Secretary Francisco Duque III, that figure as of Sept. 12 accounts for 75.34 percent of the 10,693 openings for doctors, nurses and other health care workers under the program that began in mid-April.

We are still attractive to those who have medical training to join in the effort. Let us save the people. Someone mother or father, son or daughter, husband or brother or sister needs critical care, Duque said in a statement Tuesday.

We would like to express our gratitude to the courageous health workers who obeyed the call to serve and
we protect our patients and we appeal to more medical aircraft to join us in fighting COVID-19, the Chief of Health added.

According to Duque, about 43 percent of those employed were placed in public hospitals under the DOH, 17 percent were sent to laboratories or COVID-19 diagnostic equipment, and 15 percent were placed in isolation and quarantine sites or in treatment and monitoring facilities. temporary.

Meanwhile, 12 percent were sent to local government units and other hospitals and seven percent were placed in COVID-19 referral facilities.

Nurses make up the highest number of occupations by profession in 2701 individuals, followed by medical technologists with 1,356.

“The Department of Budget and Management set aside P1.74 billion for the emergency employment program that would have translated into an average wage of P163,146 above an average wage for four months from mid-April to August,” Duque said.

The bulk of the funds estimated at P1.58 billion went to COVID-19 referral hospitals, DOH designated diagnostic facilities and public hospitals, according to the official.

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