Filipino health care workers ordered to stay home and help

The Philippines has temporarily suspended the international deployment of healthcare workers as the country struggles to handle a growing number of coronavirus infections, the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration said on April 6.

The agency approved a resolution to impose the temporary ban “until the national state of emergency is lifted and until Covid-19-related travel restrictions are lifted at the destination countries.”

Among the professions covered under the temporary deployment ban are doctors, nurses, microbiologists, molecular biologists, medical technologists, clinical analysts and respiratory therapists, the agency’s administrator Bernard Olalia said.

Also included in the list are pharmacists, laboratory technicians, radiologic technicians, nursing assistants, operators of medical equipment, supervisor of health services and personal care and repairmen of medical hospital equipment.

Labour agreements suspended

“Even the negotiations of bilateral labour agreements for government-to-government deployment of healthcare workers are temporarily suspended for the duration of the national state emergency,” Olalia added.

Those affected by the suspension in deployment, he said, will be mobilised if necessary to substitute or reinforce the existing healthcare workforce in different medical facilities nationwide.

The Department of Health on April 7 reported 164 new confirmed cases of coronavirus infections in the Philippines, bringing the country’s total to 3,764. Eleven additional deaths were also recorded, pushing the death toll to 177, while 84 patients have recovered.

The Philippines has temporarily suspended the international deployment of healthcare workers as the country struggles to handle a growing number of coronavirus infections, the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration said on April 6. The agency approved a resolution to impose the temporary ban “until the national state of emergency is lifted and until Covid-19-related travel restrictions are lifted at the destination countries.” Among the professions covered under the temporary deployment ban are doctors, nurses, microbiologists, molecular biologists, medical technologists, clinical analysts and respiratory therapists, the agency’s administrator Bernard Olalia said. Also included in the list are pharmacists, laboratory technicians, radiologic technicians,...

The Philippines has temporarily suspended the international deployment of healthcare workers as the country struggles to handle a growing number of coronavirus infections, the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration said on April 6.

The agency approved a resolution to impose the temporary ban “until the national state of emergency is lifted and until Covid-19-related travel restrictions are lifted at the destination countries.”

Among the professions covered under the temporary deployment ban are doctors, nurses, microbiologists, molecular biologists, medical technologists, clinical analysts and respiratory therapists, the agency’s administrator Bernard Olalia said.

Also included in the list are pharmacists, laboratory technicians, radiologic technicians, nursing assistants, operators of medical equipment, supervisor of health services and personal care and repairmen of medical hospital equipment.

Labour agreements suspended

“Even the negotiations of bilateral labour agreements for government-to-government deployment of healthcare workers are temporarily suspended for the duration of the national state emergency,” Olalia added.

Those affected by the suspension in deployment, he said, will be mobilised if necessary to substitute or reinforce the existing healthcare workforce in different medical facilities nationwide.

The Department of Health on April 7 reported 164 new confirmed cases of coronavirus infections in the Philippines, bringing the country’s total to 3,764. Eleven additional deaths were also recorded, pushing the death toll to 177, while 84 patients have recovered.

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