Nurse Deployment Program 2018
The department of health has finalized plans to hire 25,000 health workers to be deployed for the 2018 financial year out of which 22,000 will be nurses
In an interview, Health Secretary Paulyn Jean Ubial said they are currently in need of nurses, doctors, and midwives, among others.
“In our 2018 proposal, we included around P9 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 health care 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,” Ubial disclosed during the “MB Hot Seat” at the Manila Bulletin.
“We’re hiring varied professionals, doctors, nurses, midwives, dentists, pharmacists, med-techs, iba-iba ho. But the majority are nurses. Around 22,000 are allocated. Currently we have 15,000 nurse deployment program applicants and hires but in 2018, that will increase to 22,000. About 7,000 increase,” she added.
The agency also increased the slots for doctors.
“For doctors, we are currently hiring around 300, and we will increase that to around 500 by 2018,” she said.
Those who are interested may go to the nearest regional offices of the DOH and apply for their desired position.
“They can apply in our regional offices across the countries… The hiring period is now up to December. The deployment is January to December next year,” the DOH chief stated.