Department of Health (DOH) will once again will hire nurses for over 22,000 vacancies around the country under the Nurse Deployment Project (NDP) in 2018.
DOH NDP is part of Human Resource for Health (HRH) Deployment Programs which recruits nurses, doctors, dentists, midwives, medical technologists, and other allied health professionals for deployment to rural health units, birthing homes, barangay health stations and other areas in grassroots level around the Philippines.
Health Secretary Paulyn Jean Ubial said that they are increasing the number of health workers under the HRH 2018 to a total of 25,000, as recommended by World Health Organization (WHO).
“In our 2018 proposal, we included around P9 billion in the budget, hiring around 25,000 new health providers…. Because the recommendation of WHO, you have to have a team at the primary level to address the health care needs of the public. And you need around 24 varied healthcare providers for every 10,000 population. Currently, we only have 14 for every 10,000 population at the frontline,” Ubial said in an interview over Manila Bulletin.
“We’re hiring varied professionals, doctors, nurses, midwives, dentists, pharmacists, med-techs…but the majority are nurses. Around 22,000 are allocated. Currently we have 15,000 nurse deployment program applicants and hires but in 2018, that will increase to 22,000. About 7,000 increase,” she added.
The agency also increased the slots for doctors. “For doctors, we are currently hiring around 300, and we will increase that to around 500 by 2018,” she said.
Interested health workers may go to the nearest DOH regional offices and apply for their desired position. Hiring period is up to December, and deployment period will be from January to December 2018.
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