Government to Employ More Nurses to Address Leptospirosis Outbreak
According to DOH, the number of reported leptospirosis cases in Metro Manila and other areas in Luzon that were affected by floods has reached 1,027, with 89 fatalities as of October 15.
Areas with declared leptospirosis outbreaks were barangays Malanday, Tumana and Conception I in Marikina City where there are 82 cases while Quezon City suffered the most number of cases with 122 patients infected.
Malacanang has ordered the Department of Health to employ and deploy more nurses and health workers to help address the growing number of leptospirosis cases in cyclone-affected areas.
According to Press Secretary Cerge Remonde, “The Department of Health has been directed by the President to fill more health teams and even to employ additional nurses and health workers under the NARS program to address the problem.
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, Project NARS (Nurses Assigned in Rural Service) aims to deploy “warriors of wellness” in poor communities. The program offers job experience to unemployed registered nurses in the country.