By: Elena Grace Flores
by Bongbong Marcos
COVID19: The Philippines is Short of Nurses
Ratio of Nurses versus Patients
International standard says that the ratio of patients and nurses should be at least 4:1. However, in the Philippines, the current ratio during the pandemic is 60:1. This is despite the fact that there are 65,000 registered nurses in the country. Many went overseas to work. Bongbong Marcos urges the nursing regulatory board to fast-track the qualification of the newly grads so that the May and November passers can start serving the medical sector.
Filipino Nurses are in Demand
Filipino nurses are sought-after anywhere in the world. This is not just because of their technical skills. But most of all because of their compassion towards their patients. Such is a nature of the people in the country. Most Filipinos take care of their loved ones during sickness. A very noble trait indeed.
Marcos calls on the nursing regulatory board to perhaps combine the accreditation of the May passers with the November ones. It is crucial that they can already work the earliest this year. This is the same as what the pharmaceutical and Med-Tech sectors are doing. We should immediately find ways to get more man-power on board at this time of urgent need.