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US wants 100,000 nurses as COVID-19 infections surge


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The US is in want of round 100,000 extra Filipino nurses as COVID-19 infections continued to surge and Filipino well being professionals continued to take pleasure in recognition in American hospitals, due to their professionalism and English proficiency.

In keeping with Ambassador Jose Romualdez, the nation’s envoy to Washington, the demand for Filipino well being professionals has continued to stay excessive because the first wave of medical staff emigrated to the USA within the Nineteen Sixties.

“In all my discussions with the US authorities individuals, we inevitably all the time discuss concerning the nurses, most particularly, the type of folks that we’ve right here working within the hospitals. They’re a lot appreciated, the demand could be very excessive for Filipino nurses and docs truly,” Romualdez stated.

“There are fairly plenty of pending visas for nurses from the Philippines that I feel is being thought of very severely now that they’d wish to convey them over,” Romualdez stated in an interview with the ANC on Thursday. “After all, these are nurses which have already been authorized for shifting to the [United States] as well being staff.”

New nurses and docs, nonetheless, are anticipated to have extra hassle due to the federal government’s coverage of limiting the deployment of healthcare staff for worry that the nation could run out of medical professionals, notably throughout a pandemic.

Other than the USA, there are additionally plenty of nations in Europe and the Center East who’ve expressed curiosity in using hundreds of well being staff, prompting the federal government to impose a cap on the deployment of medical professionals overseas.

In 2020, the federal government set a short lived cap on deploying new-hire nurses to five,000 amid the nation’s battle towards COVID-19. This was elevated to six,500 in June 2021. In December, the deployment ceiling was elevated to 7,000.

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III defined that the momentary deployment cap was imposed by the federal government to make sure enough variety of medical staff within the Philippines amidst the nationwide public well being emergency introduced by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Whereas it stays legally debatable whether or not the federal government can stop Filipinos from working wherever they please, the Division of Well being stated on Friday that it continued to rent nurses amid the brand new surge in COVID-19 instances.

“The hiring of nurses is ongoing, we’ve a nurse deployment program. If I’m not mistaken, I feel we’ve about 10,000,” stated Well being Secretary Francisco Duque III.

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