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Hiring More Than 2,800 Frontliners Still Needed I Response To COVID-19

COVID-19 – Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) co-chairperson and Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles said that they still need to employ over 2,800 frontliners to hep fight against COVID-19.

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“Meron kasing 9,365 health worker positions targeted for deployment in 339 health facilities. We’ve been able to fill out 6,510 of those positions or 69.51 percent na po,”

“Currently, we’re still recruiting more health workers dito sa (here for) deployment — targeted for deployment,”

According to Inquirer, the Department of Health (DOH) said that it noticed a “plateau in the urgent hiring of medical frontliners as it saw that there were fewer applicants in the past weeks.

DOH said that it is tapping health workers from other regions in order to serve as a substitution team for frontliners in the capital as positive cases of the virus continue to increase.

Frontliners appealed for a “time-out”, resulting in the capital placed under modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ), the second highest level of lockdown. Among the things they requestedinclude response to hospital workforce efficiency, workplace safety.

President Rodrigo Duterte heeded their call and approved to place the capital, as well as Bulacan, Laguna, Cavite, and Rizal under MECQ.

Based on the report, Nograles said that what’s good in the President heeding their call is there is a working group in Department of Health and other health societies.

“Ang maganda pong nangyari, dahil nga po dito sa pakikinig ni Pangulo sa damdamin at saloobin ng ating health workers, nagkaroon na rin po ng working group ang Department of Health at yung iba’t ibang medical societies,” 

“So mas nagkaroon tayo ng mekanismo na magkaroon ng avenue ang medical societies para ipahiwatig sa DOH at maging sa IATF at kay Pangulong Duterte ang iba’t ibang recommendations nila,”

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