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PIA Press Release
Wednesday, January 04, 2012


DOH eyes more personnel for hospitals

by Rudolph Ian G. Alama

DAVAO CITY, Jan. 04 (PIA) - The Department of Health is looking at augmenting its manpower in its hospitals particularly in the countryside.

This was bared by Dr. Romulo Busuego, Assistant Secretary of the Department of Health while guesting at the weekly Club 888 media forum at Marco Polo Hotel Davao held Wednesday (January 4).

Busuego said that DOH is eyeing to hire about 7,000 health workers from doctors, nurses, medical technicians and other staff for 2012.

The program has been allotted about P2.9 billion and the Department is just waiting for the approval of the Department of Budget and Management (DBM).

According to the Assistant Secretary, the Southern Philippine Medical Center (SPMC) located in Davao City will be allotted about 360 more personnel to include 55 doctors, 200 nurses and a hundred more medical staff.

The Davao Regional Hospital in Tagum City will also be hiring 50 doctors plus a hundred nurses. The DRH is a 200-bed tertiary hospital.

Busuego said that these hiring are planned under the normal hiring processes of the government and will be considered as plantilla positions.

He said that SPMC will need more doctors and nurses since it is already a 1,200 bed capacity tertiary hospital.

More medical professionals will also be deployed within the peripheries particularly in the provinces and would not just concentrate in the urban centers. (PIA-11/RG Alama)

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