PH hospitals need over 194K health workers — DOH

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 30) — Public and private hospitals in the country are in need of a total of 194,114 healthcare workers, the Health department bared Friday.

Health officer-in-charge Maria Rosario Vergeire earlier said there is a shortage or gap of 106,000 nurses in Philippine hospitals.

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

To be exact, the Department of Health (DOH) said 106,541 nurses are needed to fill this gap.

Apart from nurses, here's a breakdown of the open roles, as announced by the department:

- physicians: 67,345

- pharmacists: 6,651

- radiologist: 5,502

- medical technicians: 4,416

- nutritionist-dieticians: 1,680

- occupational therapist: 884

- midwives: 785

- physical therapists: 223

- dentist: 87

Vergeire said they are working on increasing the salaries of health workers to encourage them to stay in the country.

CNN Philippines' correspondent Carolyn Bonquin contributed to this report.