Doctors to Barrio Program to Employ 12K Nurses
The Philippine Government is spending P1.7 billion next year for the expansion of “Doctors to the Barrio” program which will deploy 200 physicians, 12,000 nurses and 1,000 midwives to improve healthcare in underserved communities.
LPG Marketers Association party-list Rep. Arnel Ty said that the fund for this program is contained in the proposed P1.816-trillion General Appropriations Act of 2012. According to him the program will provide “short-term work” to some medical professionals while they obtain extra training that will make their skills more marketable.
According to the Professional Regulations Commission, there are some 290,000 registered nurses in the country.
Part of the “Doctors to the Barrio” program are the ff:
- Vaccinate 2.6 million children against tuberculosis, diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus, polio, measles, and rotavirus.
- Carry out anti-tuberculosis program via the Directly Observed Treatment Short Course (DOTS).
- Inoculate 1.2 million senior citizens against flu and pneumonia
- Information dissemination regarding maternal and infant health
Rep. Arnel Ty is the author of House Bill 4582 seeking to establish an employment plan for the nation’s jobless nurses.