THE emergence of more “dangerous strains” of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has thrust outfront the need for the government to hire additional health workers.
The detection of the “Delta” variant in the country prompted President Duterte to place Metro Manila and four provinces under general community quarantine (GCQ).
These are the provinces of Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, Davao de Oro and Davao del Norte.
The latest wave of infections in some countries has been driven by the said variant, with Indonesia registering more than 1,000 deaths in a day for the first time on July 21.
Aware of the situation, Senator Joel Villanueva called on the government, through the Department of Health (DOH), to step up its hiring of new nurses and medical doctors.
Thus, the DOH would do well to hire the country’s newly-licensed nurses (5,008) and doctors (1,234).
“Kailangan na ng reinforcements ang ating mga frontliners. We’ve spent 16 months fighting this pandemic, and the unseen enemy has been mutating into more dangerous strains” said Villanueva.
The lawmaker from Bulacan said the hiring of new health professionals, like nurses and medical doctors, can ease staffing shortages in public hospitals and other health facilities.
And to boost the morale of frontliners, Villanueva asked concerned authorities government to make sure that our medical frontliners are paid what’s due them on time and in full.
Then let’s provide the DOH with enough money to enable it go on “a hiring binge.”