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More than 500 nurses will be hired by DOH for Ilocos

More than 500 nurses will be hired by the Department of Health’s Center for Health Development (DOH-CHD) 1 (Ilocos) to help the region’s immunization program advance.

Dr. Paula Paz Sydiongco, director of DOH-CHD-1, stated in a program on Thursday that 250 nurses would be sent to Pangasinan and the remainder to Ilocos Sur, Ilocos Norte, and La Union.

“This is an assistance from the DOH,” Sydiongco added, noting that the organization has earmarked PHP111 million to the area for the recruitment of new nurses.

A service agreement will be in place for the nurses.

Recall that the DOH-CHD-1 increased the number of immunizers sent to Pangasinan and La Union to support the region’s immunization campaign.

All of the job order nurses in the regional office had already been distributed to the areas as augmentation, according to Glen Ramos, DOH-CHD-1 public relations officer.

In a phone interview on Thursday, Ramos said, “The LGUs (local government units) got their volunteer immunizers as per the need(s) of the community.”

He claimed that the LGUs, through their health personnel, regularly direct their immunization schedules and explore all options to make the necessary booster injections accessible to the general populace.

For the first 100 days of President Ferdinand Marcos Jr., starting on October 8, the DOH-CHD-1 program seeks to offer booster shots to 50% of the target population aged 12 and older and a vaccination rate of 90% for senior persons to complete the first and second doses.

A DOH campaign called “Pinaslakas” was introduced on July 26 in response to Marcos’ order to enhance the number of Filipinos receiving coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) booster shots in order to preserve the nation’s wall of immunity.

About 3.8 million people in the Ilocos region had received all three doses as of September 1; 1.1 million had received their first booster shot; these figures represent 87.74 percent and 26.45 percent of the target populations, respectively.

83.97% of the target population, or about 445,781 older persons, had gotten their full dose of the vaccine.

To protect themselves against Covid-19, residents are still being urged by the DOH-CHD-1 to get the booster dose.

Sydiongco ascribed the increased prevalence of Covid-19 infections in the area to the locals’ lowered immunity and a lack of booster doses.

“We need the booster shot to increase our immunity against the virus because the vaccine’s protection wanes after six months,” she said.

The average daily case count in the area hit 115 in August.

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