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NARs program volunteers take additional assignment

by Ninfa B Quirante

Catbalogan, Samar (16 October) -- The Nurses Assigned in Rural Areas (NARs) Project volunteers took on an additional assignment, that of health information dissemination as regards AH1N1.

In a talk with Jun Obregon of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Samar, he said that that the second batch of 130 nurses in Samar will have additional load, that of coordinating with the community high school in their area for a possible team up to avert the spread of AH1N1.

In Catbalogan, Samar, some 130 new nurses are assigned distributed to all 26 local government units.

The first batch had only 112 volunteer nurses so that the remote and island towns did not have them.

This time, remote towns of Matuginao, San Jose de Buan and the islands of Sto. Nino, Tagapul-an and Almagro will be reached by the new nurses to carry on their mission on health.

The Department of Health (DOH) and DOLE oriented the new wave of nurses for two days at the Maqueda Bay Hotel on October 15 and 16, 2009.

NARs was launched by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in Malacanang on February 9, 2009 during a multi-sectoral summit "Joining Hands Against Global Crisis".

The nurses are deployed to improve delivery of health care services especially in poor communities, and to create a pool of registered nurses with enhanced clinical and preventive health management competencies for national public and private sector and overseas employment.

The nurses are expected to choose their own communities with which to serve.

The first batch of nurses will be awarded their Certificates of Service on October 21, 2009 at Waling-Waling Inn, Catbalogan, Samar. (PIA-Samar) [top]

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