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Philippines faces shortage of nurses

ilocos norte saguip narsMANILA – The Philippine Department of Health (DOH) on Wednesday, March 30, said it is studying the standardization of salaries of nurses, doctors, and healthcare workers to encourage them to stay in the Philippines.

DOH officer-in-charge Maria Rosario Vergeire made the statement in response to President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr.’s directive to address the shortage of nurses due to migration, which hinders the delivery of effective healthcare in the country.

Vergeire said the DOH is also assessing the status of the proposed legislation on the Magna Carta for Public Health Care Workers and Philippine Nursing Act, both of which aim to provide more benefits and ensure the welfare of medical professionals.