As the rising coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases continue to hound the National Capital Region (NCR), medical workers from the provinces have arrived in Metro Manila to help augment personnel shortage in hospitals.
Medical workers from Cebu and Eastern Visayas arrived in Metro Manila to provide assistance to hospitals struggling with the surge in Covid-19 cases.
The Department of Health Region 7 (DoH-7) spokesperson Dr. Mary Jean Loreche disclosed that at least 50 medical workers from Cebu were deployed consisting of 1 doctors, 35 nurses and four medical technologists.
These Cebu healthcare workers are from Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center (VSMMC).
“Once they arrive there, they will be staying there for one month and the DoH-7 will be shouldering their salaries,” Loreche said.
She added that they are also planning to send more medical workers to NCR in the coming days as the region needs around 100 to 200 nurses alone to help bring down the outbreak to manageable levels.
“With what we are doing right now, I am very confident that we will not be needing so much healthcare workers and not needing more beds than what we have because our critical care utilization is very, very low at 31 percent. So we really are in the safe zone for our bed allocation and for our manpower,” said Loreche.
Meantime, 16 medical workers from Eastern Visayas — consisting of 15 nurses and a doctor — had arrived in Manila and will be deployed from 7 April to 31 May at the Lung Center of the Philippines.
The medical workers from Eastern Visayas are the first batch that were deployed and according to DoH regional information officer Jelyn Malibago, the second batch of health workers may be sent in the future depending on the situation at the NCR.
“That is a possibility but we will have to study first the situation,” Malibago said.
Four other doctors have signified interest for deployment in NCR but were not included in the priority list since they are newly hired under the Doctors to the Barrio program and their contracts have yet to be signed.
Leyte Governor Leopoldo Dominico Petilla, on the other hand, said that he will confer will the provincial health office to discuss the staffing of health workers in different hospital run by the provincial government to see if Leyte can also help augment the scarcity of health workers in Metro Manila.
“We just have to make sure that if we pull out some personnel it will not compromise the staffing of our hospitals. It is not only Covid-19 that we are facing but also other diseases,” said Petilla. “That takes a lot of discussion and many considerations have to be looked into.”
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