50 Nurses Deployed in Metro Manila for Ondoy Victims

nars programThe Philippine Government has deployed another batch of nurses under the NARS Program to help victims of typhoon Ondoy.

According to Raymundo Agravante, labor department’s Metro Manila regional director, “the warriors of wellness were assigned in Marikina, Pasig, Pateros, Taguig, Caloocan, Malabon, Navotas, Mandaluyong, San Juan, and Pasay”.

Nurses are tasked to stem “the surging rise of leptospirosis” and prepare for the “second wave of A(H1N1) flu virus.”

Labor Secretary Marianito Roque said NARS trainees shall work on a five-nurse team in each critically affected village. He said they are expected to render the three I’s in nursing care: initiate primary health, school nutrition, maternal health programs, and the first line of diagnosis; inform the public on community water sanitation practices and perform health surveillance; and immunize children and mothers.

Project NARS (Nurses Assigned in Rural Service) is a training-cum-employment program implemented by the DOH, Department of Education, Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and the Professional Regulation Commission-Board of Nursing. Launched in February this year, the program offers job experience to unemployed registered nurses in the country.

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