Public, private hospitals in PH need 106,000 nurses - DOH

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 29) — The country's public and private hospitals are in need of around 106,000 nurses, according to the Department of Health (DOH).

"We have a shortage or a gap of 106,000 para mapunuan natin yung mga [to fill up our] facilities all over the country, both public and private," DOH officer-in-charge Ma. Rosario Vergeire said Thursday.

She added that the country also needs additional medical workers like midwives and dentists.

"Sa ngayon meron tayong mga plantilla positions that are still to be filled up sa ating mga ospital. We have around 624 plantilla positions for nurses; we have 1,332 midwives plantilla; and we have around 63 dentists na kailangan natin," Vergeire said. "So kailangan namin ang tulong niyo sa ngayon para mag-continue ang operations ng bawat facility sa ating bansa."

[Translation: We still have plantilla positions available in our hospitals. We have around 624 plantilla positions for nurses, 1,332 for midwives, and around 63 vacancies for dentists… So we really need your help so we can continue our operations in our facilities nationwide.]

The government has set a 7,500 cap on the deployment of healthcare workers overseas.

However, the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration noted that such figure has yet to be reached, with only over 2,000 healthcare workers deployed abroad from January to May this year.

President Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos, Jr. earlier vowed to increase the number of Filipino nurses to be deployed abroad as his administration tries to resolve issues faced by the industry in the country.

But Vergeire said the DOH wants the current deployment cap on nurses to be maintained.

She also said the DOH will soon meet with the Department of Migrant Workers and the Department of Labor and Employment to discuss, among others, incentives that will encourage healthcare workers to stay in the country.