The Department of Health (DOH) has reassigned healthcare workers from other areas in the country to fill the shortage of manpower in Metro Manila amid the spike of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) infections. 

The DOH said 136 doctors and nurses from other regions will be assigned in the National Capital Region to give more support to the current manpower in the area.

The first batch is composed of 42 doctors and nurses from the Ilocos region, CALABARZON and Bicol region were designated to the following hospitals:

  • East Avenue Medical Center
  • Quirino Memorial Medical Center
  • Dr. Jose N. Rodriguez Memorial Hospital
  • Amang Rodriguez Memorial Hospital

Meanwhile, another 94 health professionals from Central Visayas, Eastern Visayas, Zamboanga Peninsula, Northern Mindanao, Davao Region and the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao will be reassigned to the following hospitals starting this week:

  • National Kidney and Transplant Institute
  • Lung Center of the Philippines
  • Off site extension of Jose R. Reyes Memorial Medical Center at Quezon Institute
  • San Lazaro Hospital
  • Tondo Medical Center
  • Rizal Medical Center

All redeployed medical workers are entitled to swab testing prior, during and after deployment, per diem, work transportation expenses, accommodation, and meals on top of their salaries from their mother offices. Ronald dela Cruz