The government will be spending some P12.7 billion next year to deploy nurses, midwives, dentists and doctors to poor communities nationwide, Pasig City (Metro Manila) Rep. Roman Romulo said on Sunday.
The money will be spent for 12,540 nurses, 5,749 midwives, 480 dentists and 398 doctors who will be assigned to public hospitals, barangay (village) health stations and rural health units.
“Many women in urban slums as well as rural villages still suffer from the lack of health care during pregnancy, childbirth and the postpartum period,” Romulo said.
The funding for the deployment is contained in the P2.606-trillion General Appropriations Act (GAA) for 2015 and will be coursed through the Department of Health (DOH).
“We are counting on the mobilization to improve the delivery of basic health services, while providing temporary employment plus training to our idle nurses and midwives,” said Romulo, who heads the House Committee on Higher and Technical Education.
“We are also hopeful that the extra competence that our nurses and midwives will acquire from the deployment will later help them qualify for more rewarding jobs here or abroad,” he added.