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DOH orients qualified nurses for RN HEALS Project

source: by R.G. Cadavos

MAASIN CITY, Southern Leyte, Feb 11 (PIA) – The Department of Health (DOH) in close coordination with the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) conducted a Pre-Deployment Orientation for Nurses on RN Heals Project starting today, February 11 until tomorrow, February 12, 2011.

DOH representative based here, Dr. Feliciano John Matibag, disclosed that Southern Leyte was allotted at least 77 registered nurses for the nationwide project. These qualified nurses will be distributed to 11 municipalities including Maasin City throughout the province.

Dr. Matibag named the municipalities as : Macrohon, Limasawa, Padre Burgos, Malitbog, Liloan, San Francisco, San Ricardo, Saint Bernard, Hinunangan, Silago and in Maasin City. There will be 7 nurses to be assigned in each area, Matibag added.

RN HEALS, an acronym of Registered Nurses for Health Enhancement And Local Service which is expected to address the shortage of skilled and experienced nurses in 1,221 rural and unserved or underserved communities for at least one year will prioritize those newly graduate nurses with license and who have no fixed income yet, Matibag, in a casual interview with PIA said.

While working, the nurses will be receiving an allowance of P8, 000 per month coming from the DOH funds while the local government unit (LGU) where they are assigned is encouraged to provide an additional allowance worth P2, 000 and will supervise these nurses and ensure their safety and security. Likewise, other arrangements will depend on the Memorandum of Agreement signed between the DOH and the municipality concerned, it was learned.

The agreement also stated that the nurses will be working 6 months as Public Health Nurse and 6 months at the district hospital assigned to them, Matibag further revealed

The two-day orientation held at the Casa Ampil function Room, here at the city proper will tackle on the background of the RN Heals project of the government, the Aquino Health Agenda-Universal Health Care and Philhealth Care Delivery System – National Objectives for Health to be discussed by Dr. Matibag.

More topics to be discussed are the following: Pantawid Pampamilya Compliance Verification’, Recapitulation training guide for Public Health and Hospital; Code of Discipline, among other administrative concerns regarding health employment.

Other speakers during the orientation include DOLE-Southern Leyte Provincial Head Fe Norma Valuis and Provincial Health officer Dr. Noel Lumen, Head of the Salvacion Oppus Yñiguez Memorial Provincial Hospital (SOYMPH) Technical Department.

It was learned that DOH expects that these nurses will be part of the pool of competent nurses for later employment or absorption in health facilities, hence addressing the inadequate supply of skilled nurses and increasing the nurses’ employment rate.

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