Nurses are badly needed to improve health services in the barangays, said Senator JV Ejercito.
Ejercito, chair of Senate Committee on Health and Demography, called on the government to deploy registered nurses in every barangay of the country to address health problems in the grassroots level.
“The deployment of our competent nurses in the barangay could significantly improve the quality of health services for our people. They are badly needed especially in the far-flung provinces in the country,” he said.
He added that having a nurse in all the barangay health centers across the country could ensure the well-being of the people through preventive approach. The scheme could also help in addressing the unemployment and under employment among Filipino nurses.
Despite the high demand for Filipino nurses abroad, recent records from the Professional Regulation Commission show that there are still at least 300,000 unemployed nurses in the country.
Ejercito is the author of the Universal Health Care program that seeks the delivery of quality, accessible and affordable health services for all Filipinos.
“We see this as an effective support to our efforts to provide all the needed medical services to our people,” Ejercito noted.
Nurses who will be deployed in the barangay health centers could conduct an extensive information dissemination campaign with the help of the barangay staff to educate the people on the importance of being healthy, hygiene and sanitation.
These health workers must also assess the present health status of the residents in the locality of their jurisdiction to properly coordinate with the Department of Health who would then provide the required health care and medication.
Senate archives reveal that there is bill that pushes for this scheme. On July 20, 2016, Senator Cynthia Villar filed Senate Bill No. 726 but it was still pending after the first reading and referred to committees of health and demography, local government and finance.
Department of Health (DOH) also has an annual deployment of nurses and other health workers to poor communities under the Human Resource for Health Deployment Program (HRHDP), but this year’s implementation was delayed due to unavailability of funds, as the 2019 national budget has not been passed yet.